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Women, Work and the Affordable Care Act


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) included a mandate that employers of 50 or more workers provide government-approved health insurance to all full time employees. The Act also defined full time as 30 hours per week or more.  Unfortunately, many employers have responded to the ACA's increased costs for health insurance by dropping these benefits for workers and reducing their working hours to below 30 per week (to comply with the mandate). Women are much more likely than men to be just above that threshold, working just slightly more than 30 hours per week, so sadly they have been disproportionately affected by reductions to their hours. We want women and men to have every opportunity to work hard and earn more. This unintended consequence of the ACA has been harmful to women's economic opportunity. 

(source Mercatus.org)

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