PHOENIX — Sprouts Farmers Market here has joined a fast-growing group of retailers that plan to end company-sponsored health insurance for some part-time workers.

“After researching the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on our company, we realized that many of our part-time team members could be negatively impacted if we offered them medical coverage in 2014,” the company said in a statement on its website. “This is because the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandates that our team members will not be eligible for health care insurance subsidies if we continue to offer medical coverage.”


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Sprouts said the changes will impact “several hundred” workers, who “will be able to take advantage of the low-cost coverage options provided by the government, while still maintaining Sprouts-sponsored benefits such as dental, vision and life.”

Other retailers that have unvieled plans to change their coverage for part-time workers include Trader Joe’s, Wegmans Food Markets and Walgreen Co.

Sprouts said it was not planning to adjust work hours in response to the legislation. It also said it is offering one-on-one enrollment sessions to help workers navigate the new health insurance environment.

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