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January 1, 2011 Connecticut legislators implemented a new law which changed the definition of an “eligible employee” and a “small employer” for the purpose of certain statutes relating to small employer health insurance plans. It broadened the scope of some laws by including part-time employees working at least 20 hours a week.It also limits the laws by excluding seasonal employees.

The bill requires an insurer or producer marketing small employer group health
insurance plans to offer a small employer, upon its request, a premium quote for
covering employees working at least (1) 30 hours a week or (2) 20 hours a week. The bill specifies that a small employer that requests a premium quote for employees working fewer than 30 hours a week is not required to (1) accept the quote or (2) purchase coverage for those employees or employees working 30 or more hours a week.

It also specified that an employer that offers health insurance coverage to employees working 30 or more hours a week is not required to offer coverage to those working fewer than 30 hours a week.

The bill also redefines “eligible employee” as an employee working a normal work week of at least 20 hours a week, which includes a part-time employee, but excludes seasonal employee.

Current law was unchanged by the bill, eligible employee
(1) excludes a temporary or substitute employee
(2) includes a sole proprietor, a partner, or an independent contractor, provided he or she is included as an employee under a small employer's health care plan
(3) includes a person not actively at work but covered under the employer's health insurance plan through workers' compensation, continuation of benefits requirements or other applicable law.
In Summary, this bill broadens the scope of certain laws by including part-time employees working at least 20 hours a week and limits the laws by excluding seasonal employees.

       
         
         
     
     
     
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
   
       
       
       
       
       
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