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Asked by janice on September 26, 2013

I'm reading a lot in the news about the new health care law and how some large employers are taking the opportunity to drop health coverage and dump employees into the exchanges instead. I’m married with a young family and need good health coverage. I was considering taking a job with a large US retailer, but now I’m not so sure. Should I be concerned about this?

Answered by Nikki, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on September 26, 2013

 
Healthcare is important to all of us. I myself have a family and my medical coverage is important. There is no way to predict the future at this point. I think we are all anxiously anticipating what is going to happen. I as a recruiter provide information to my candidates on the health benefits we have available. They should be able to provide something to you as well, that way you see what they have an how much it costs. No company can predict where their benefits are going to be heading, retail or not. I would recommend you make a decision on the information that is provided to you. If you feel like it is a good fit for the position, you are going to gain experience, I would say move on it. Good Luck!

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Answered by Todd, Hiring Expert at MetLife, on October 4, 2013

There is  great deal of uncertainty around the new healthcare laws and none of us have all of the answers. My suggestion is to take the job on the merits of the role. If you like the position that is one of  the most important things when deciding whether or not to accept a job offer. If a "large retailer" I would think they have a solid benefit program for their employees. If that changes down the road you can always look for another job elsewhere. That being said I would not turn down an opportunity in a difficult job market based on the fear of "what may happen" down the road.

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Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on October 7, 2013


Many employers, including those in the retail industry, provide some sort of healthcare to their employees. In speaking to your recruiter, I'd ask them to provide you with information regarding their healthcare benefits, as it stands today. If the healthcare options they provide are not suitable for your family's needs, I'd start looking into alternatives for healthcare coverage or for career opportunities with another employer/industry. Best of luck!

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