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Grocery Stores and Tanning Salons Among Groups Affected by Health Care Law

Posted Jun 21, 2012 8:07 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The health care law at issue before the U.S. Supreme Court is intended to expand insurance coverage, but it has a much wider reach.

The law touches nearly every American and most businesses, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports. “It isn't just large employers, medical businesses and constitutional scholars who are invested in the court's decision,” the story says. “Chain restaurants, tanning salons, breast-feeding advocacy groups and others far afield of health care have a lot riding on whether the law stays in place.”

The story has these examples of the law’s reach:

• Tanning salons have been paying a 10 percent tax on tanning bed services since 2010 to help pay for the law.

• Larger employers are required to give new mothers time and a place to pump breast milk.

• Grocery stores and chain restaurants with more than 20 locations are required to list calorie counts on menus.

• People who were victims of certain environmental health hazards are allowed to enroll in Medicare before they reach age 65. It’s a benefit for residents of Libby, Mont, who were exposed to asbestos from a vermiculite mine.

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