For the unemployed or employed who hope to secure company-sponsored health care, the good news is that certain companies offer that benefit to part-timers. And some part-time workers who obtain temporary seasonal work may find unexpected long-term careers. The bad news is that many companies expect to pare down their health care benefits because of rising health insurance costs. Walmart told employees this month it will no longer health benefits for new part-time workers starting next year. Overall health insurance premiums across the country increased 9 percent in 2011, nearly three times the rate of inflation and the most since 2005, a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust in September showed.
But there are still companies that are offering health benefits for part-time employees, and don't be fooled into thinking that only teenagers get part-time gigs in retail, especially seasonal jobs. Job-hunters in their 40s and 50s and beyond are finding work in unexpected places also.
Here are 7 companies that offer health care benefits to its part-time workers, with a little something for everyone: ... read more.