Va. Struggles With Health Insurance Requirement

State agencies are trying to figure out how to comply with federal health insurance requirements regarding part-time workers.

The health care reform law requires providing health insurance coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours a week or more on average.

To avoid triggering the requirement, state agencies have been ordered to reduce part-time employees' hours to no more than 29 a week.

Secretary of Administration Lisa Hicks-Thomas tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that state officials are trying to determine what jobs part-time workers are doing, and whether they should work more than 30 hours.

Department of Alcohol Beverage Control spokeswoman Rebecca V. Gettings says the agency will have to adjust weekly schedules to comply and continue adequately staffing state liquor stores.

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