Some federal agencies hate the idea of having to pay to put workers who were considered part-time employees into the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Officials at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management  have told them to make the change to comply with the spirit of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

PPACA added Section 4980H to the Internal Revenue Code. PPACA Section 4980H requires large employers to provide health coverage for a majority of their employees in 2015 or else pay a penalty. Federal regulators have decided that employers ought to classify workers who work more than 30 hours per week, or 130 hours per month, as full-time workers for purposes of Section 4980H compliance, and they have set up special rules for classifying workers with irregular hours.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.