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Health law could encourage use of temporary workers

March 29, 2013

WASHINGTON — The new healthcare law could provide a boost for temporary-staffing companies as a way for employers to sidestep complex requirements for medical insurance, according to The Washington Post.

The Affordable Care Act's exceptions for temporary employers could serve to undermine its goal of providing healthcare to more American workers, the article stated.

"That could lead to an increase in part-time workers who lack insurance. You regulate something and people will always try to find a way around the regulation," said Susan N. Houseman, an economist at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research who studies staffing companies.

According to the article, the Act states that employers with at least 50 workers must offer affordable coverage or pay a penalty; in order to stay under this limit, some are considering outsourcing jobs to specialists.

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