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Update: Substitute Teachers In Pitt County Feel Impact Of Health Care Law


Substitute teachers are trying to find ways to substitute their incomes after recent cuts being attributed to the Affordable Care Act.

It's been a month since we first told you school districts would limit work days for subs to under 30 hours a week, all because of the health care law.

Jordan Banjo, a sub in Pitt County, says she's now wondering how she will continue to survive and make ends meet without that income.

She worked over 30 hours a week until last month when the district sent a notice to all subs that their hours would be restricted to just 3 days a week--about 21 hours.

Banjo says that was disheartening, "Cause I need the money, need to work, I'm willing and able to work and now they're telling me I can only work for so long."

Pitt County Schools spokesman Brock Letchworth says It's because of the Affordable Health Care Act. He says, "The cost for us to be able to provide health care to everyone would be just over a million dollars, is what I'm told, and that is the lowest cost to this school system."

Letchworth says there are 400 subs in the district. "We had about 200 who were averaging more than the 30 hours per week, which the Affordable Care Act deems as full time."

So the solution was to cut their hours.

For Banjo, without the extra income, she's struggling to pay student loans and take care of her dog and cat. She says, "It's very difficult. If I didn't have my parents, I would be in trouble. A lot of trouble."


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