House passes bill repealing health reform’s 30-hour rule

The House passed a bill to repeal The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) 30-hour rule. House lawmakers on January 8, approved the Save American Workers Bill of 2015 (HR 30), which would alter the calculation under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148), of the number of full-time equivalent employees for the purposes of determining which employers are subject to penalties. The Senate is expected to soon take up a companion measure but the fate of the measure is uncertain as President Obama has issued a veto threat if the bill comes to his desk. Currently, the PPACA requires employers with over 50 full-time employees to offer health insurance. It defines “full time” as at least 30 hours a week. Specifically, this bill would change the definition of full-time employment from 30 hours per week to 40 hours per week.

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