Nov 29, 12 at 7:22pm
| Nicole Fulmer
The new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have a not-so-good impact on some of the workers in various areas in Iowa as employers are cutting hours for part-time patients in anticipation of President Obama's health care reforms.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, set to go into effect in January of 2014 will include a 12-month "look back period" where businesses will have to pay for the health care of their employees that have worked for them from January 2013 onward.
In order to qualify for your employer to pay for your healthcare, you have to work at least 30 hours a week. As a result of this, city businesses are taking action to avoid offering employees healthcare through the laws. Employees affected by this work for city businesses such as the public library.
Part time workers for Cedar Falls, Iowa, for example, are facing hour cuts so that they will not work an average of 30 hours per week and their employees will not have to insure them.
Many other Cedar Falls are doing this as well as the city. For example, Papa John's Pizza and Red Lobster are also cutting the hours. HyVee is planning cuts on a national level to avoid the coverage.
Other cities are acting on the upcoming law as well by cutting hours of city employees. Altoona, Ankeny, Ames, and Pleasant Hill are all reducing hours or monitoring them in order to avoid needing to insure part-time employees.
Des Moines does not plan to reduce workers hours because it has already taken all of the necessary preparations to extend benefits to employees, and public schools in Des Moines are doing the same thing as well.