Trader Joes

Trader Joe’s interior in Union Square in New York City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two-Buck Chuck is not what put Trader Joes in the headlines this week; instead it was their decision regarding health coverage for part-time employees. More specifically, the company announced that it will stop providing health insurance benefits for employees who work less than 30 hours a week, sending them instead to the new Insurance Marketplaces with an extra $500 to help purchase coverage.

Anti-health reform advocates are up in arms and touting this as the latest example of how Affordable Care Act will fail Americans and …read more

Maryland Surfaces as a Healthcare Reform Leader

Countdown to Health Care Reform (Photo credit: Truthout.org)

Key components of the healthcare law will surface in 2014, when the law will ensure that all individuals, families and small businesses can obtain coverage through state marketplaces. What healthcare might become in the next couple years, however, is already beginning to form and rise to the top.

Maryland’s health reform plans are quickly surfacing. State lawmakers submitted a plan last week for how they would apply federal healthcare reforms in Maryland in the new year, a plan that the Obama administration might be looking at to help shape health reform …read more