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Colorado college students face job losses due to Obamacare

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Students in the University of Colorado networks could see their full-time jobs cuts to part-time as a result of Obamacare, but Health and Human Services regulators aren't responding to questions about the new rules even with the implementation of the law just weeks away.

“The limitation is very unfair, especially for students who are financially independent like myself,” junior student Kristin Robards told the Scribe, the campus paper at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. “For them to limit that I don't think is morally right.”

HHS rules define a full-time work week as 30 hours, rather than the typical 40, and require that employers with more than 50 of those "full-time" employees provide them with health insurance.

“It will have a change definitely on how we calculate time worked,” Lisa Landis, assistant vice president for employee services for the UC system, told the Scribe.

“I cannot tell you we are or are not going to restrict people to 30 hours a week because we have made no decision on that,” Susan Szpyrka, the vice chancellor for administration and finance, added.

The University of Colorado isn't alone in re-evaluating student employment opportunities as a result of the new Obamacare regulations. Christendom College, a small liberal arts school in Virginia, will reduce their part-time workers weekly work-load to 29 hours, as the Washington Examiner reported two weeks ago. This new policy applies to students and non-student employees, during the summer and the school year.

"[I]t would cost us another $1.1 million to insure them, which is more than 10 percent of our operating budget, and it would bankrupt the college," chief operations officer Ken Ferguson said to explain why the school wouldn't provide health insurance to those part-time workers.

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