Wegmans Grocery Chain Cuts Benefits, ObamaCare Blamed

An upstate New York grocery chain that had been praised for offering health insurance to its part-time employees will eliminate those benefits as a result of the federal health-care law passed in 2010.

“Several Wegmans employees confirmed part-time health benefits had been cut and said the company said the decision was related to changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act,” the Buffalo News reported late Wednesday. Under the so-called ObamaCare law, “part-time employees are not eligible for health insurance subsidies if their employer offers insurance,” the newspaper noted. By eliminating the employer-provided benefit, Wegmans makes its part-time employees eligible for government coverage funded by taxpayers.

The Rochester-based Wegmans issued a statement to the News: “As a private company, we don’t share specifics of our employee benefits programs. It’s a given that health care reform will result in some changes to our benefits program, but it will not change our commitment to meeting the needs of our employees.”

Wegmans employs more than 40,000 people at 81 stores in six states, including more than 4,000 workers in upstate New York.