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Letter to the Senate urging a YES Vote on an Amendment to the FY 2014 Budget Resolution

March 22, 2013

Dear Senator: 

I am writing to share NEA’s support for amendment 144 offered by Senator Collins. We urge you to vote YES on amendment 144, which would provide a flexible definition of full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Votes associated with this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 113th Congress. 

This is a crucial issue for the National Education Association and our members. Many educators face uncertainty about their eligibility for coverage under the ACA’s current definition because their full-time positions are not equally spread across the entire calendar year. We appreciate Senator Collins’ willingness to help address this issue with her amendment.  

As background, when an education employee works full time during the school year but provides no formal, in-school service during the summer:          

  • An education employer who uses a month-by-month method for determining the amount of any penalties due can take advantage of summertime to minimize penalty payments.
  • When an employer counts full-time employees, including full-time equivalents, for the purpose of determining whether it is large enough for Internal Revenue Code section 4980H to apply, it can average summertime into the total number of employees’ hours worked over the year. 

Again, we urge you to vote YES on amendment 144 offered by Senator Collins.  


Mary Kusler
Director, Government Relations