House Committee Passes Health Law Change

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Senator Joe Donnelly is among those praising a U.S. House committee for passing a bill that would change the Affordable Care Act's definition of "full-time employee" to someone who works 40 hours per week. Many Indiana employers have called for the change, including Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder, who says the current definition of 30 hours per week has led the school to cut hours for hundreds of adjunct professors.

February 5, 2014

News Release

Washington D.C. -- Following the House Ways and Means Committee approval of the Save American Workers Act, a bill similar to U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly's Forty Hours is Full Time Act, Donnelly released the following statement.

"It is my view—based on what I hear from Hoosier employees and employers—that we need to fix the definition of 'full-time employee' under the Affordable Care Act. It should be defined as someone who works 40 hours, not 30 hours. That is why I worked with my friend, Republican Senator Susan Collins, to advocate for transition relief for employers and why we introduced the Forty Hours is Full Time Act. I am pleased that the House Ways and Means Committee has advanced similar legislation. I hope we can work together, both Democrats and Republicans, to make the health care law work better for Hoosier families, employees, and employers."

Source: Office of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly