By Amy E. ZellnerPublished October 07, 2018 08:56:09A change in Alberta’s employee health plan will raise the cost of coverage for most Alberta employees by 50 cent, according to the province’s government.

The announcement comes after several months of debate over how much of an impact the change will have on Alberta’s health care system, which has struggled to maintain a healthy workforce.

The Alberta government said Friday that the change affects people with more than three hours of work per week and will cost $7.20 per day.

The plan also applies to some other employees who are required to work longer hours, such as those in manufacturing.

The province also announced plans to expand the number of public sector workers who are eligible for the new plan.

The change will be in effect for the next six months, and the rate increase will be phased in from 2020 to 2026, the province said.

The new rate will apply to people with the least amount of work time.