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State will offer health care to part-timers

Despite postponent of a federal mandate, the state will start offering health care insurance to thousands of part-time and noncareer employees next month.

Department of Management Services Secretary Craig Nichols advised legislative leaders Wednesday that, although the employer mandate has been pushed back a year by the Obama administration, the state will follow this year's budget provisions to include employees working more than 30 hours a week in the state's health-insurance plan. It is not known how many of the "other professional services" employees -- known as OPS workers -- meet that threshold.

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