A new cost of Obamacare for college staff: Hours cut to dodge insurance costs

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Rich Herdegen is already feeling the pinch of federal health care reform.

Herdegen, who is disabled and faces massive medical bills from his wife's long battle with cancer before her death, relies on his salary as an adjunct instructor in economics at Georgia Military College's Augusta campus. But this quarter his hours have been cut, costing him about $2,000, he said.

"That's a lot of money," Herdegen said.

The cut in hours has happened to a number of adjunct or part-time faculty at the college, in part because the school is moving on what it considered good advice to comply now with requirements of the Affordable Care Act, a move that might actually be premature. Even experts in academic human resources say there is "general confusion" about the act's implementation and impact.

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