Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The college is cutting back on adjunct hours to avoid the expense of paying for health care benefits, the Daily Herald reports.
Oakton Community College is cutting back on the number of hours given to adjunct faculty to avoid the expense of providing them with health care, the Daily Herald reports. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with at least 50 full-time equivalent employees will be required to offer health care to those who work 31 hours or more per week in 2014. At Oakton, adjuncts are being assigned no more than 21 “learning hour equivalents” in 2013, the newspaper reports, to make sure they won’t be listed as full-time employees by the IRS. Cutting back on adjunct faculty hours isn’t the only way Oakton is trying to make ends meet. Trustees are also considering a tuition increase and will vote on the subject later this spring.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Local politicians reacted Thursday to the Supreme Court's 5–4 decision to uphold President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
(Update at 2:15 p.m.) Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) wants to make change to some parts of the Affordable Care Act and retain other provisions in the wake of today’s United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the law. “We need to put in place provisions we’ve talked about and repeal some of the others,” Dold said today. “I consider the doctor-patient relationship sacrosanct and nothing should come in between that.” Among other things, Dold wants to get rid of the Independent Patient Advisory Board, a 15-member panel created by the Affordable Care Act charged with finding Medicare savings. Dold wants to retain the provisions allowing people under 26 to remain on their parents’ coverage and those that prohibit an insurer from …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on challenges to the Affordable Care Act this week.
June 28 UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act by a vote of 5-4. Original June 24 Post: The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act this week. The central issue being considered by the court is whether Congress' power to regulate commerce means that it can mandate people to buy health insurance, The Atlantic reported. The court could rule the mandate unconstitutional and throw out part or all of the Affordable Care Act, or uphold the act in its entirety, the New York Times reported. The Weekly Standard reported that the individual mandate goes beyond regulating commerce, and instead compels commerce by forcing individuals to purchase something. The idea behind …