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02/11/2013 02:10 pm ET

Virginia Obamacare Coverage Affecting State Employees' Hours

As Affordable Care Act reforms continue to take effect, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R) new budget is simultaneously bringing change to the lives of part-time workers.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that thousands of state employees have received word that their new maximum work week is 29 hours. The news coincides with a segment of the health care law, which defines full-time workers as individuals putting in 30 hours of work per week.

Back in December, Forbes broke down the penalties employers face for failing to provide adequate insurance under the Affordable Care Act. "Large" companies with more than 50 full-time workers are required to pay $2,000 per uninsured person on an annual basis. Failure to provide "affordable" coverage -- designated at 9.5 percent of the employee's family income -- results in a $3,000 annual fee per worker facing that situation.

HuffPost's Jeffrey Young noted in January that O'Donnell and the rest of Virginia's Republicans have been opposed to the Affordable Care Act. Back in Feb. 2011, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli went so far as to formally ask the Supreme Court to consider his lawsuit against the legislation.

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