Bangor School Chief Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee
WASHINGTON - Dr. Betsy Webb, superintendent of the Bangor School Department, told the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that the current definition of full-time employment in the Affordable Care Act is unworkable, and will add unneeded costs to hard pressed school budgets.
Sen. Susan Collins, who supports defining full-time as at least 40 hours a week rather than the current 30 hours a week, questioned Webb about the impact.
"Is asking for a huge budget increase a viable option for you and most superintendents?" Collins asked Webb.
"No, that is not an option," Webb responded.
Webb said it would cost Bangor schools nearly $6,000 a year each to cover substitute teachers that, on occasion, work more than 30 hours a week. Not providing the coverage under current law triggers substantial fines.
Collins is sponsoring a bill that would change the definition to 40 hours a week.