Saturday February 24th 2018

ANA opposes the Save American Workers Act

In January, the House of Representatives passed the Save American Workers Act of 2015, H.R. 30, which would change the current definition of full-time work under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), raising it to 40 hours per week from the current definition of 30 hours.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing this bill, because the legislation would negatively impact those in jobs where full-time work involves less than 40 hours per week. This would include the 1.69 million RNs and APRNs who are employed by general medical and surgical hospitals, other specialty hospitals, and psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals. Many RNs who work in a hospital setting work a three-day, 12-hour shift, with a workweek of 36 hours. If the bill is enacted, employers subject to the employer mandate would no longer be required to offer health insurance benefits to those working the regularly scheduled 36-hour workweek.

To read the letter and take action, visit www.RNAction.org.

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