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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Roe to Hold Kentucky Field Hearing on Health Care Challenges Facing Workers and Employers

On Tuesday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m., Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) will join Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Andy Barr (R-KY) to host a field hearing entitled, “Health Care Challenges Facing Kentucky’s Workers and Job Creators.” The hearing will take place at the Farish Theater in the central branch of the Lexington Public Library, located at 140 East Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide government-approved health insurance or pay a penalty of $2,000 per employee. Many employers face a variety of difficult choices as they try to avoid the law’s punitive policies, such as cutting workers’ hours and dropping employee health care coverage. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the law could result in employers paying $140 billion in higher taxes and up to 20 million fewer people obtaining employer-provided health insurance. The Associated Press reports employers are “offering part-time over full-time work to sidestep the new health care law’s rule that they provide medical coverage for permanent workers.”

The field hearing will provide committee members an opportunity to learn how the health care law is affecting Kentucky’s workplaces. For more information about the field hearing, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings. Media interested in attending the field hearing must RSVP to Catherine Gatewood at catherine.gatewood@mail.house.gov.

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