Fair Share Health Care Act
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Maryland Senate Bill 790, known as the Fair Share Health Care Act, also nicknamed the "Wal-Mart Bill", was a legislative act passed in the state of Maryland in 2005. The act would have required for-profit employers with more than 10,000 workers in the state of Maryland to spend at least 8% of their payroll on employee health benefits or make a contribution to the state's insurance program for the poor. Non-profit employers were required to do the same, but with a lower, 6% benchmark.
The Maryland legislature initially passed the bill on April 5, 2005. Though its supporters contended that it did not single out Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart was the only private, for-profit employer in the state that would have been affected.
While the Maryland bill drew the most national media attention, similar measures were considered in other states but also failed.
In the same year, a version of the bill that would have required companies with 5,000 or more employees to spend 9% of their payroll on health care benefits was defeated
- Details of the Fair Share Health Care Act. Maryland General Assembly.
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- Barbaro, Michael (January 18, 2007). "Appeals Court Rules for Wal-Mart in Maryland Health Care Case". New York Times.
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- Thomas, Ralph (February 15, 2006). "Wal-Mart bill likely dead; unions upset with Chopp". Seattle Times.
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