Employers nixing spousal coverage for thousands over ObamaCare

Employers nixing spousal coverage for thousands over ObamaCare

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Republican lawmakers are raising new concerns about ObamaCare after several large employers announced they are dropping health coverage for some employee spouses due to rising costs under the new law.

Both the University of Virginia and UPS told their employees recently they are no longer offering spousal coverage to those able to obtain insurance elsewhere; meaning thousands of Americans will no longer be able to choose the benefits they prefer.

UVA said Wednesday this is only one of many "major changes" coming to their health plans as a result of ObamaCare. The university says the changes are necessary because the law is projected to add $7.3 million to the cost of the university's health plan in 2014 alone.

"The modified plan will provide new options and reward those who participate in wellness programs," UVA's Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Susan Carkeek said in a press release. "But we must make adjustments or face millions of dollars in rising costs, fees and taxes that would be passed along to employees."

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