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Retailers applaud action on ‘full time’ ACA definition

Food Marketing Institute and National Grocers Association were among the retail groups that said they supported the advancement of a bill to change the definition of “full time” in the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday approved H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act, which would amend the ACA’s definition of full-time to 40 hours per week, rather than 30. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind.


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The next step for this bill is a vote on the House floor, which is expected to occur in the upcoming weeks, NGA said.

"NGA is pleased to see H.R. 2575 continue to advance through Congress," said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA, in a statement. "Changing the ACA's definition of a full-time employee is a top priority for our membership. NGA urges House Leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a bipartisan vote, and we look forward to swift consideration in the Senate."

Robert Rosado, FMI director of government relations, said, “FMI applauds the Ways and Means Committee’s approval of H.R. 2575 … and we hope to continue broadening support to raise the ACA’s 30-hours-per-week definition as this legislation moves forward. FMI strongly supports this legislation, as well as the Forty Hours Is Full Time Act, H.R. 2988 and S. 1188, respectively, and other efforts by Congress to address the ACA’s full-time employee definition this year.”

Under health care reform, employers must offer health insurance to all full-time workers or face a penalty.

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