WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, today announced he is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation, the Student Worker Exemption Act of 2014, to protect on-campus student workers and universities from what he said are some of the unintended consequences of Obamacare.
“Heading in to this school year, my office heard instances of universities informing student workers that their hours would be strictly limited due to the employer mandate of Obamacare,” said Davis in a statement. “Many students depend on these jobs as a form of financial aid to pay for living expenses, tuition and books. This simple, bipartisan change to Obamacare would protect student workers from having their hours cut and universities from facing additional costs at a time when the focus should be on helping them ensure college remains affordable for students.”
College students typically secure health coverage through their family’s plan or through student health plans already-provided by colleges or universities. However, under the employer mandate, colleges and universities will soon be required to provide health insurance for student employees who work more than 30 hours a week for three months or more, including summer breaks. As a direct result, many schools will be forced to cut student job opportunities.
H.R. 5262, the Student Worker Exemption Act of 2014, makes a change to the Affordable Care Act by exempting students with on-campus employment from the employer mandate.
The legislation is supported by the American Council on Education and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, Davis said.