Target to Stop Offering Health Coverage to Part-Time Employees

Updated: 01/22/2014 5:32 AM By: Cassie Hart

Target Corp. will stop offering health insurance coverage for its part-time workers, effective April 1.

The Minneapolis-based retailer will instead offer $500 to employees who are losing their coverage, to use for coverage through health insurance marketplaces run by state or the federal government.

"Health care reform is transforming the benefits landscape and affecting how all employers, including Target, administer health benefits coverage," Target's vice president of human resources, Jodee Kozlak, said Tuesday on its corporate blog.

"Our decision to discontinue this benefit comes after careful consideration of the impact to our stores' part-time team members and to Target, the new options available for our part-time team, and the historically low number of team members who elected to enroll in the part-time plan."

According to Target, less than 10 percent of its workforce currently enrolls in its part-timer health insurance plan.