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Campuses struggle with health-care reform

Published: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 11:32 a.m. CDT

One of Obamacare’s most vocal supporters claimed the health-care law is helping colleges and universities offer coverage to their employees. Except it’s really not.

“The ACA is another opportunity for education institutions — as employers — to partner with states and the federal government to ensure that their employees have health coverage,” Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., said recently.

But according to a list compiled by Investor’s Business Daily, businesses, local governments and education institutions across America are making changes because of Obamacare — including shortening employee work hours and reducing staff levels. In many cases, organizations are making drastic changes to comply with the health law’s delayed employer provision.

For public universities and private colleges, many have limited part-time workers to fewer than 30 hours per week, cut back work for student employees, and capped course loads for adjunct faculty.

There’s also strong evidence that Obamacare will provide fewer insurance options.

Bowie State University became a victim of Obamacare by announcing it would no longer offer health insurance for domestic or international students for its 2013-2014 academic year, according to Campus Reform, which broke the story.

The college canceled student policies in late August and is currently assessing “the health insurance needs of our students as well as the impact of the new requirements.”

The cancellation comes as millions more Americans in the individual insurance market are learning their health plans won’t be continued because they don’t comply with Obamacare’s burdensome rules and requirements.

One estimate has put individual insurance cancellations as high as 16 million, which doesn’t cover the potential coverage drop in the employer-based market that analysts have warned about for several years.

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