While the 20- to 23-hour-a-week employee group will lose coverage next year, additional part-time hourly groups will be cut off in incremental amounts over the next four years.
Witte said the elimination of part-time coverage is just one of the cost-saving methods officials are looking at implementing in order to reduce costs by 2018.
"We'll be making incremental changes between now and 2018," he said. "There will be other changes on the horizon, but we're not sure what those will be exactly."
As for the employees that stand to lose coverage next year, Witte said hospital administrators are working with them to evaluate their health insurance options.
Some employees will be guided to the state's Health Insurance Marketplace to take advantage of subsidized options on the exchange.
"They may qualify for some premium credits and cost sharing assistance through the marketplace," Witte said.
He also said some employees are working with managers to see if they can adjust their work schedules in a way that will help them work more than 23 hours a week next year.
Employees can either stay in their department, or work hours in another area to meet the threshold.
Witte said about half of the 246 affected employees would likely be able to retain their coverage should they opt to work additional hours.
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