The state’s laws require companies to provide health insurance coverage to employees.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – President Barack Obama’s home state of Hawaii has a health care plan with a lot of similarities to the proposed federal health care plan some are at odds over in Congress. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), in Hawaii, companies are required to provide health care insurance for their employees, which is said to have had both positive and negative affects over the years.
As noted by the AP, as a result of the plan passed 35 years ago, Hawaii’s uninsured rate is lower than almost every other state in the country. However, many business owners are unhappy with the costs associated with providing coverage, and have found ways to avoid paying insurance including hiring part time employees. Hawaii resident, Debi Halcro, president of a company that employs 43 people, states in the report she would not provide some benefits for employees if she were not required to by law due to the state of the economy.
As further noted in the report, the current proposal in Congress only covers employees who work at least 35 hours a week, and some employers may likely follow the same path as Halcro if it passes. Jack Schneider, president of J.S. services, a company that handles human resources and mandated benefits for approximately 200 companies is quoted by the AP as stating, “If you create a law, people find ways to get around it.”
Its health care plan may be a contributing factor to Hawaii having the longest life expectancy in the nation, and other positive health statistics.
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