Are Part-Time Employees Eligible for Health Insurance?
Part-time employees are eligible for health insurance. However, employers are not required to provide health insurance to part time employees under the Affordable Care Act. This means it is up to the employer to decide if it wants to offer health insurance to part-time employees. If employers do decide to offer health insurance to these employees, it is required by the Affordable Care Act that their insurance cover the same required coverage as their full-time counterparts.
What qualifies as a part-time employee? While a typical full-time employee in the United States works 40 hours a week, the Affordable Care Act defines a full-time employee as anyone that works 30 hours or more. This means employers must cover anyone that works at least 30 hours.