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.
- 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". The New York Times.
- Thomas, Ralph (February 15, 2006). "Wal-Mart bill likely dead; unions upset with Chopp". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on April 26, 2006.
- Fong, Tillie (June 3, 2006). "'Wal-Mart', after-school bills vetoed by Gov. Owens". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on June 14, 2006.
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