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Trader Joe's Kicks Part Timers Off Healthcare Plan

In a memo obtained by the Huffington Post, the grocery chain said it will give workers $500 to help find a plan under Obamacare's coverage exchanges.

Trader Joe's will cease providing healthcare to its part-time employees.
Trader Joe's will cease providing healthcare to its part-time employees.
By Roberto Scalese, editor

Trader Joe's, the grocer once lauded for providing health care coverage to its part-time workers, is about to push those employees off its plan.
According to a memo obtained by the Huffington Post, the company will stop covering employees who work less than 30 hours per week.

The change is set for the start of 2014. Instead of insurance, workers instead will get a check for $500 in January. 

"Depending on income you may earn outside of Trader Joe's, we believe that with the $500 from Trader Joe's and the tax credits available under the ACA, many of you should be able to obtain health care coverage at very little if any net cost to you," said Trader Joe CEO Dan Bane in the memo.

Companies with more than 50 employees are required to provide health insurance under Obamacare. Trader Joe's full-time staff will still get their company-based insurance. 

The popular store operates one location in Centreville and six total in Fairfax County. There are also locations in Washington, D.C., Alexandria proper and Arlington. 


Kim McCoy September 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM
From the U.S. Census Bureau Federal Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage 2007 report Both the percentage and number of people without health insurance decreased in 2007. The number of people with health insurance increased to 253.4 million in 2007 (up from 249.8 million in 2006). In 2007, the percentage and number of children under 18 years old without health insurance were 11.0 percent and 8.1 million, lower than they were in 2006—11.7 percent and 8.7 million (Table 6). Native born uninsured rate. . .12.7 % down -1,111 to –0.5%
Kim McCoy September 19, 2013 at 02:17 PM
..and Isis, your manifesto didn't post here, but I did receive your ramblings in my email. (hence, the above post proving my facts are real) To those who can't see Isis's novel, she says France has the #1 health care in the world and she says she can probably "buy and sell me on any given day"....does that come from your elitist side or your "compassionate" side?...Your incoherent arguments and blind hypocrisy is astounding.
Isis September 23, 2013 at 06:49 AM
Kim if you had a brain in your head you would check the world stats on healthcare, but you don't. There is no point in trying to have a discussion with a person who will NOT do her research, and simply wants to fight because she is on the losing side. Fight with yourself, seriously, a total waste of time to have any discussion with a person like you. Ciao
Kim McCoy September 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Isis, why do you think I would care about "world" stats on healthcare? I'm an AMERICAN, I'm NOT from FRANCE. I've done my research on AMERICAN stats and I am satisfied with NOT being SOLD INTO BONDAGE...thank you very much. ...btw, "world stats" include stats from places that don't "account" for medical issues like WE DO....AMERICA, that is. If you prefer France, I'm sure they'll take you back.
Mary S. September 30, 2013 at 05:59 PM
I won't be shopping there any more either. As stated previously, no more Subway, Papa John's, Walgreens any other companies that don' t think of their employees first before their wallets. Healthcare is so important nowadays and so damn expensive for those working for minimum wage...

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