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Employers Not Talking to Part-Timers About ACA

By Rebecca Moore editors@plansponsor.com | May 08, 2013
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May 8, 2013 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Many part-time employees are confused about what the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be and are not getting much help from their employers.

According to a survey by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated, most part-time workers have heard of the ACA: 71% said they are familiar with the changes associated with it; 21% said they have not heard anything about it; and 7% said they have heard the name but are not at all familiar with the changes associated with it. Information about the ACA is coming from a variety of sources: the news media (61%), friends and family (38% each) and social media (36%) were the most cited sources. However, only 8% said they heard about the ACA from their employer.   

When asked how they felt about the changes associated with the ACA, 27% said "confused", 25% said "hopeful" and 22% said "angry." When asked if they thought their health care would cost more or less, 45% think it will cost more; 30% are not sure; 17% said it would not be impacted; and 9% think it will cost less.    

Forty-eight percent of part-time employees do not think the ACA will have any impact on how many hours they are scheduled to work; 33% are not sure; 15% think they will be scheduled for less hours; and 4% think they will be scheduled for more hours.