Federal health care law may spur some Iowa school districts to trim workers' hours

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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — Hundreds of Iowa school districts are looking at whether to provide health care benefits for part-time employees or to cut their hours so they don't have to offer them health insurance under the federal health care law.

The Affordable Care Act will require nearly all of Iowa's 348 school districts to extend health insurance benefits to part-time employees who work more than 30 hours a week or reduce hours so those employees wouldn't qualify for benefits. Districts that don't provide required benefits by Jan. 1, 2014, would face fines.

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