Has anyone heard about employers dropping spouses from employee sponsored health care plans due to the ACA (starting January 1)?
My DH, who is self-employed, heard from a reputable source there is a K-12 public school district in our area that is dropping spouses from employee health plans. So the employee could be covered and I presume kids, but no spouses. The school district is doing so because of ACA. Source was pretty sure it wasn't spousal buy-out (i.e. spouse who has health insurance has to use their employer's health insurance), but that all spouses would be dropped.
This would be a problem for us - DH is self-employed so if ACA is going to cause employers to drop spouses we would have to purchase an individual plan for him. Clearly this would be a good use of money, but not something we currently have in the budget. I am going to call our HR office, but they don't tend to be on the curve in general (in my experience) and are behind the curve in relation to how ACA impacts our policies. The more information I can take to our HR the more likely I am to get some sort of useful answer.
Anyone heard anything or know of a good resource? We live in Ohio if that makes a difference.