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Letter: MDS should look for new solution

To the editor:

The action MDS chose to avoid providing health insurance coverage to their 30 hour per week employees is not only despicable but immoral.

Most successful businesses realize that retaining qualified, well trained employees is key to their success. The way to retain qualified employees is to offer a decent wage and benefits package which includes health care insurance for they realize the company cannot operate without dedicated individuals or everyone loses.

MDS is asking program managers and clients to cut employee hours below 30 hours and asking managers to employ additional part time employees to cover cut hours. The alternative MDS offered is to collect the $7,500 directly from each client’s budget, many of whom already live at or below the poverty level.

NH has 10 Area Agencies. Many of them have addressed this issue by joining with other agencies that provide like services to form a large group which gives them more leverage when purchasing health insurance. They are taking the moral high ground and adding their 30 hour per week employees to health insurance roles because they understand how vital their employees are to the individuals and families they serve.

The Board of Director’s at MDS would do well to take another look at the proposals brought to them and at the people who presented them, around the issues of Obamacare. If any significant cuts need to be made to allow MDS to take the moral high ground on this issue, that would be a good place to start.

(My daughter receives services from MDS. I work for one of the other area agencies that is taking their 30 hour per week employees onto their insurance roles.)

Kathleen Washburn


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