Obamacare Employer Penalties
Will companies limit worker hours?

About this project

Under the Affordable Care Act, firms that employ 50 people or more must provide full-time workers with health insurance, or face thousands of dollars in penalties. California labor advocates say large companies are already cutting workers' hours to get around the Obamacare mandate. Proposed California legislation is aimed at preventing low-wage workers who lose hours - and their health care coverage - from turning to Medi-Cal, the government-funded insurance program. This bill goes further than the federal health care law in that it applies to part-time workers as well as full-time. And that could have devastating and unintended consequences for some California nonprofit businesses and family farms.

Stories

Will Obamacare fines help or hurt California workers?

For many businesses Obamacare is downright intimidating. The requirement to provide coverage to full-time employees or potentially face thousands of dollars in fines is what’s really worrying some large companies.

Authors

Kelley Weiss

Broadcast reporter Kelley Weiss is based in our Sacramento office where she’s helping lead the center’s expansion into public broadcasting. Her stories have appeared on NPR,Marketplace, The World, KQED Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and World Vision Report. She’s produced series about the illegal sale of prescription drugs at swap meets and preventable patient deaths and money mismanagement in Missouri’s mental health system. She won a 2009 national Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting and has received several honors in the Association of Health Care Journalists awards competition. She was named a Livingston Finalist in 2011 for a multi-platform project about how tribal sovereignty makes it nearly impossible for mothers to collect child support. Weiss previously worked as a health care reporter at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and KCUR in Kansas City. Her work has also appeared in Reuters, the San Francisco Chronicle and theCenter for Investigative Reporting. She’s completed a health reporting fellowship from the Association of Health Care Journalists and has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

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