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Does my employer have to provide insurance even if I don't want it?

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Question: I work part time for a very small company and may have an opportunity to be full time. I don’t need health insurance as I have it through my husband. My employer has less than 10 employees and does not offer health insurance. My question is are they required by law to provide me insurance? As I said I don’t need it and I think if they do have to it will cause them to give me less hours as they can’t afford to pay health ins.

Answer: No. There is no law that requires an employer to provide any portion of the health insurance costs for it’s employees. In 2014, when the ACA is fully effective, larger employers will pay a tax for not providing affordable health insurance for its employees, small employers (less than 50 employees) will not be required to provide health insurance even then.

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