Local

Health care exchanges officially open Tuesday

Health care exchanges officially open Tuesday

As part of the Affordable Care Act, the health exchanges will officially open Tuesday.

Under the health care overhaul, companies with 50 or more workers will now be required to provide their employees with some form of health insurance, or else pay a penalty. That provision, though, has been delayed until 2015.

In response, some employers say they will cut their employees hours to under 30 hours a week so they don’t have to provide them with coverage.

Don Beachler, professor of politics and public policy at Ithaca College, says he considers that provision to be the weakest part of the law.

“Companies that use easily replaceable labor might do that,” Beachler said. “That could happen in the retail and food service industries.”

The law has come under intense criticism from some Congressional Republicans, leading Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to urge fellow lawmakers to defund it in a 21-hour speech on the Senate floor.

Beachler says for all the intense debate surrounding the law, it affects a small portion of the population.

“It’s a very modest program for all the debate that’s going on about it,” Beachler said. “It’s not single-payer, it’s not government takeover…It is sort of an indicator of our times that it would have this much heated rhetoric about it.”

All the marketplaces can be accessed online through NYstateofhealth.ny.gov

More Local Headlines

in Local

Cuomo, New York City health officials detail Ebola response

ebola14-620x400

Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio gave update Thursday night on response to Ebola diagnosis at New York City hospital

in Local

Reed, Robertson square off in only televised debate of campaign

Local_News41-620x400

Republican Congressman Tom Reed and democratic challenger Martha Robertson made their respective pleas to voters Thursday.

in Local

Cornell employee implicated in scandal at UNC

CORNELL LOGO

A Cornell University staffer has been implicated in a scandal rocking the University of North Carolina’s athletics department.

in Local

SUNY Canton issues lockdown following social media threat

Updated
crime2

Students are being asked to shelter in place.

in Local

Tioga County man found with 100 pounds of marijuana

weed

Estimated to be worth about $424,000.