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While the pressure placed on states and local governments to announce whether they will extend healthcare benefits to employees considered part-time or contract who work at least 30 hours a week mounts, Maryland is launching a study to determine how many and what type of these employees work for the state, according to The Associated Press.

Maryland will not announce whether it will offer these workers benefits, limit their hours or accept the penalty fee associated with not complying with the Affordable Care Act mandate until the fall, said Carolyn Quattrocki, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform.

“No decision has been made at all,” Quattrocki said. “We’re really just at the analysis stage. We have to get a handle on what the picture is.”

Roughly 230,000 Maryland full-time employees, retirees and their dependents are currently enrolled in the state health plan.

Maryland, which was an early supporter of President Barack Obama’s administration’s healthcare reform legislation, made moves earlier in April to further the progress of  its state-operated healthcare exchange, which is scheduled to open for enrollment in October. 

Across the country, state employees who work part-time or are contracted may not be extended employer-sponsored benefits and would be encouraged to turn to their state’s benefits marketplace to purchase coverage.

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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