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First Avenue expands its health coverage to include more staff

The venue is going beyond the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

First Avenue has announced it's expanding its health care coverage so that it encompasses more of its staff.

The legendary downtown venue revealed on Saturday that as of this month, it is lowering the threshold of required hours to qualify for its health insurance plans.

The Affordable Care Act mandates that employers with 50 or more staff must add those who work more than 30 hours a week or 130 hours a month to their employer-provided health plan.

But First Avenue is lowering the threshold so staff who work an average of 25 hours a week will have "equal access to company-sponsored healthcare."

"Of course, not every independent business may be able to make this shift, but we believe that by providing this option, we invest in the well-being of our employees and their family members, and allow them to bring their best to the workplace," the venue wrote on Facebook Saturday.

A study of 2017 insurance costs by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the average group health insurance premiums for businesses with fewer than 200 employees were $6,486 for single coverage, and $17,615 for family coverage.

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