Governments May Push Workers to Health Exchange

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state lawmakers have found a creative way to pass a large chunk of their health care expenses along to Washington, D.C.

The state Legislature is exploring a plan that would capitalize on provisions under President Barack Obama's health care law. The plan threatens to affect the federal budget and the pocketbooks of some part-time workers, as it would push a group of employees out of their current health care plans and into an exchange developed under the Affordable Care Act.

Observers say the shift seems to run counter to the intent of the new health care law. Supporters, however, say it's a viable strategy for governments to pursue as they manage the insurance rules related to part-time staff.

Washington is looking to make the shift with part-time employees who work less than 30 hours a week.

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