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In March of 2010, the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was signed into law by President Obama. As the ACA is implemented, the restaurant industry will be significantly impacted. From individuals to families, and small business with 50 or fewer employees to large, multi-unit employers with hundreds of employees, the new healthcare benefit landscape will certainly affect you and your employees.

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance marketplaces have been established at both the state and national level to facilitate the purchase of health insurance for individuals, families and businesses. Where you go to sign up for healthcare depends on where you live or operate your business. In the District of Columbia, RAMW is partnering with the DC Health Link to get restaurant employees, owners and operators the information they need to sign up and stay in compliance with the law. Those operators with businesses in Virginia and who are looking to purchase coverage for their employees, will need to visit In Maryland, operators who are looking to purchase coverage for their employees may visit Maryland's Health Benefit Exchange.

RAMW is working to ensure that restaurant owners and operators, and their employees receive information on healthcare developments in a timely and efficient manner.

Health Care Reform

March 30, 2010
On December 24, 2009 the Senate passed H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, by a vote of 60-39. On March 21, 2010, the House passed the same bill by a vote of 219-212. On March 21st, the House also passed H.R. 4872, the Reconciliation Act of 2010, by a vote of 220-211. This bill made modifications to PL 111-148. The Senate slightly amended the bill and passed it on March 25, 2010 by a vote of 56-43. Later that evening, the House passed H.R. 4872 as modified by the Senate by a vote of 220-207. What is reconcilliation? Description of the reconcillation process. On March 23...Read more