June 28, 2012
Supreme Court upholds key provisions of Affordable Care Act
Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision on cases challenging the Affordable Care Act. The highly-anticipated ruling upheld the constitutionality of the law based on the taxation power of Congress.
“Restaurants employ 1.4 million Californians – nearly 10 percent of the workforce in state,” California Restaurant Association (CRA) President + CEO Jot Condie said. “Since the law was adopted, we’ve worked with our members to help them understand the requirements and their effects on businesses. Today’s ruling eliminates the uncertainty surrounding the law and we will continue to work with the Governor and legislators to ease implementation for restaurants in the state.”
Based on the decision, individuals are required to obtain health insurance, and employers with 50 or more full-time equivalents to offer affordable health insurance to full-time employees and their dependents or pay penalties.
The CRA is working with Legal Center attorneys to hold a webinar for California restaurant operators in July, with details coming. Updates with analysis of the law as it affects California, including what it means for menu labeling will be issued soon.
- Federal health care aside, menu labeling will live on in California
As summer heats up, it’s only a matter of time before the Supreme Court releases its decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Whatever the court decides will have dramatic implications for the future of health care nationally, and in California. Many fail to note, however, that the decision also will have massive effects on menu labeling requirements for the restaurant industry.