LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The coming start of the Affordable Care Act could mean less work and less pay for some Alabama students. The act will go into full effect in less than six months.
University of North Alabama leaders said that according to the Affordable Care Act, students who work an average of 30 hours or more per week will be eligible for employee-provided healthcare benefits. It's a pretty hefty cost for campuses already faced with financial cutbacks.
UNA and other universities across the country are in what the government is calling a "look back" period, which began July 1. It is described as a time for officials to determine an employee's health care eligibility status.
On most campuses like UNA, students participating in federal work-study and university work-study programs are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week, so this would not affect them. However, it will impact graduate students who have been allowed to work 30+ hours a week for years.
Substitute teachers are also said to be asked to cap their work week at 29 hours.
UNA officials have asked all student employees, including G-A's, to cap their hours to no more than 29 per week until further decisions on the Affordable Care Act can be made.
University officials are expected to make an official announcement regarding the act and how it will affect the UNA community in the coming weeks.