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The employer itself doesn't have a legal responsibility to tell you that your coverage would be eliminated if so many hours per week aren't met. The plan the employer purchases is responsible under the law to provide a written plan or summary plan description that links you to the full plan document. In that plan document there must be listed the minimum requirements for plan participants. It could be possible that you have a claim against the plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act if you were not provided access to the plan through a summary plan description or the full plan document which explains the participant eligibility requirements. If that's the case, you should contact either the Department of Labor or a benefits attorney to litigate the violation.
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