Many cash-strapped cities and counties are opting to reduce the number of hours their part-time employees work. Some local officials said the cuts are happening now either because of labor contracts ... more 
Many cash-strapped cities and counties are opting to reduce the number of hours their part-time employees work. Some local officials said the cuts are happening now either because of labor contracts that must be negotiated in advance, or because the local governments worry that employees who work at least 30 hours in the months leading up to the January 2015 implementation date would need to be included in their health-care plans. President Barack Obama has set aside $67 million to make it easier to enroll in his health-care overhaul. Laws pushed by Republicans in 12 states may keep that from happening. Under the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. government plans to pay a network of local groups known as navigators to explain the law?s new coverage options to the uninsured and guide them through its online insurance markets. less 
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Fri, Aug 23, 2013 10:51 AM EDT