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#370085 - 12/23/0909:16 PMRe: What to do about healthcare? Can it be fixed?
Agreed that situations can be complex in regard to obligations. However, if the choices are staying put and having no or inadequate income versus relocating to commence a job that can fulfill all personal economic requirements, the decision wouldn't be much of a decision to me. The elder parents may need to make the move also if there are absolutely no other options. Again, as stated to Kat, it may require only taking the bare essentials due to cost. That's not favorable, but outside of the sentimental/personal items, it is just stuff and it is replaceable.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there is no legal definition for part-time and full-time work. Also, it appears (at least that I can find) that employers are not required to provide health benefits for employees that work 40 hours a week (or more – exempt). If that is true, lack of health benefits is an issue with the particular employer. I recall hearing that, I think it was Starbucks offered all associates (baristas, etc.), or associates that worked 20 hours or more a week, health benefits. I don't know for sure if that is the organization that provided this benefit and I obviously don't know what the scope of these benefits are, but, who knows, it might be worth investigating part time work to obtain the benefits.
I honestly hope your nephew can eventually find an opportunity where the employer will be able to offer him health care benefits and/or your niece lands a full time teaching job. However, under the government's proposed bill, I can't help but wonder if it will enable them to procure more appropriate benefits within their budget, if it will be be status quo for them, or if they will face the tax if they elect not to obtain coverage due to cost.
Kind Regards, Jay
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