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Proposed Bill Would Exempt Student Workers From Obamacare Provision

A North Carolina congressman has introduced a bill that would exempt student employees from part of the Affordable Care Act, the health-care overhaul often called Obamacare.

Under the bill, introduced by Rep. Mark R. Meadows, a Republican, colleges would be exempt from the requirement that they provide health insurance to student employees who work more than 30 hours a week for three months or more.

The bill, which has earned the endorsement of Thomas W. Ross, president of the University of North Carolina system, is aimed at saving colleges money. While many student employees are insured under their parents’ plans or work less than 30 hours a week, some institutions have said the provision will force them to eliminate student positions.

“This provision in the ACA will be extremely costly to colleges and universities, forcing many to cut student workers,” said Mr. Meadows in a written statement. “At a time when tuition costs are constantly rising and student-loan debt has hit a record high at $1.08-trillion, on-campus employment opportunities are relied on by students across the country to help pay the cost of their tuition.”

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