Part-Time Workers Need Health Care, Too

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A significant portion of the American workforce is working part-time and in the declining economy, even more full-time workers are becoming involuntarily part-time. These workers have less access to …

A significant portion of the American workforce is working part-time and in the declining economy, even more full-time workers are becoming involuntarily part-time. These workers have less access to health care than their full-time counterparts, and the Senate health care bill, if passed as written, will only accelerate this process.

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  • 1. Part-time Workers Deserve Full-time Health Care The skyrocketing number of part-time workers in America with limited access to health care and how the Senate’s plan could make it worse The Rising Number of Part-time Workers A significant portion of the American workforce is working part-time and in the declining economy, even more full-time workers are becoming involuntarily part-time. These workers have less access to health care than their full-time counterparts, and the Senate health care bill, if passed as written, will only • One in four American workers worked less than 35 hours a week in 2009. Percentage of American Workers Working Part-time • In the last 40 years, the number of full-time jobs increased by 76 percent while the number of part-time jobs skyrocketed by 121 percent. • Increasing numbers of workers have been forced into part-time work because of a lack of full-time positions. The number of workers working part-time for economic reasons increased by 86 percent to 7.3 million between April 2006 and 2008. Problems with the Senate Bill accelerate this process. • As many as 22 million American workers could be at risk of having work hours reduced by employers trying to avoid penalties under the Senate bill. These hour reductions not only reduce access to health care, they also reduce the amount of income these workers have - driving more families into poverty and onto state and federal subsidies. • Incentivizes the hiring a largely part-time workforce to eliminate company responsibility for health care costs. • Forces low-income employees into high-deductible company-provided insurance. • Provides no minimum standard for employer-provided plans. • Makes few, if any, employees eligible for tax credits to purchase better insurance through a health insurance exchange. How to Fix the Bill • Include a proportional contribution for part-time workers of an employer. • Create a minimum benefit standard for plans to qualify as employer-based coverage, like the standard for plans in the exchange. For more information email healthcare@ufcw.org