Securitas Blames Obamacare for Dropping Rhode Island Healthcare
Friday, November 01, 2013
Securitas, which has offices in Warwick and offers security guard services to large businesses throughout the state, sent employees a letter dated October 18, which states the following:
"Here is your Benefits Open Enrollment Material -- it's very important to read it this year. This is because we can no longer offer the SRC plan. The Affordable Care Act (ACA or Health Care Reform) doesn't permit plans like Protection as of January 2014. Based on your work location, the Company won't be offering medical insurance to you in 2014."
The letter continues, "Instead, we can offer you a choice of dental, vision, and other plans. Please see the attached flyer for information on how to enroll in these plans. Due to the Affordable Care Act, there's a new way to get Medical insurance in 2014. The flyer has information about other sources of medical insurance. One option is the new Health Insurance Marketplaces or Exchanges. Please ask your branch supervisor or Branch HR if you have questions."
Dara Chadwick with the Health Benefits Exchange said, "At first glance, it seems like what was offered in this scenario was a limited benefits plan, which would not count as "minimum essential coverage."
Chadwick continued, "It sounds like [this company] decided to stop offering a limited benefits plan and not offer coverage of any kind. We have not heard of any other Rhode Island companies doing this."
Employee benefits advisor and GoLocal contributor Amy Gallagher said the coverage drop was the "first she or colleagues had heard of in Rhode Island."
"Given the industry, it isn't surprising to me," said Gallagher of the security guard company.
National Firms -- Blaming Obamacare?
Named along with Securitas were Home Depot, Sears, and UPS as companies pointing to the ACA for the drop in coverage.
A representative with Securitas headquarters in Warwick referred questions to national headquarters in California, who did not respond to request for comment.
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