Testifying Jan. 28 at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time employment as 30 hours a week, ISR economist Helen Levy told the panel that raising the definition to 40 hours a week would create more problems than it would solve. About three to five times as many workers would be in danger of having their hours reduced by employers looking to avoid providing health care insurance if the floor for full-time work was increased, she said. That’s because there are many more uninsured workers who work 40 hours a week than 30 hours. Levy’s testimony was included in news reports of the hearing that appeared in the New York Times, the Indianapolis Star and other news media. Read her full testimony.
- Related: Levy testifies in front of the House Ways and Means Committee on the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full time employment (Ford School, includes video of the hearing)