Wegmans cuts health benefits for part-time workers

And here’s the first major domino to fall. There will be more as we get closer to January 1, 2014. While the rich, and the powerful will have access to their own private health care options, the average Joe will be saddled with high cost insurance-and eventually government run insurance. This will cut the quality of care for us average people down to unacceptably poor levels while the elite keep theirs. Same song, same dance with the ‘climate change’ bullshit. They want everyone living in the cities, where we’re easy to control, while they move out of the countryside and enjoy the nice open spaces that we, the great unwashed masses, aren’t smart enough or powerful enough to possess. And never forget this: the big boys aren’t going to give up their million dollar bonuses to look out for us either.

Per the Buffalo News:

By Samantha Maziarz Christmann | News Staff Reporter | @DiscountDivaSam

on July 10, 2013 – 11:57 PM

, updated July 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

 

Et tu, Wegmans?

The Rochester-based grocer that has been continually lauded for providing health insurance to its part-time workers will no longer offer that benefit.

Until recently, the company voluntarily offered health insurance to employees who worked 20 hours per week or more. Companies are required by law to offer health insurance only to full-time employees who work 30 hours or more per week.

Several Wegmans employees confirmed part-time health benefits had been cut and said the company said the decision was related to changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act.

However, part-time employees may actually benefit from Wegmans’ decision, according to Brian Murphy, a partner at Lawley Benefits Group, an insurance brokerage firm in Buffalo.

“If you have an employee that qualifies for subsidized coverage, they might be better off going with that than a limited part-time benefit,” Murphy said.

That’s because subsidized coverage can have a lower out-of-pocket cost for the insured employee while also providing better benefits than an employer-paid plan.

Under the Affordable Care Act, part-time employees are not eligible for health insurance subsidies if their employer offers insurance.

“It’s a win-win. The employee gets subsidized coverage, and the employer gets to lower costs,” Murphy said.

“As a private company, we don’t share specifics of our employee benefits programs. It’s a given that health care reform will result in some changes to our benefits program, but it will not change our commitment to meeting the needs of our employees,” Wegmans said in a statement.

Wegmans declined further comment.

Wegmans employs roughly 1,433 full-time employees and 4,304 part-time employees in the Buffalo Niagara region.

email: schristmann@buffnews.com

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