Massachusetts may also require companies to pay for health insurance

The bill requiring Wal-Mart to pay for health care benefits has barely gotten through the Maryland state legislature, when word has come that Massachusetts is considering something broader. The Massachusetts legislation would apply to companies with 50 or more employees.

“We really look at it as a responsibility on the part of employers who don’t provide insurance for these employees that get sick and rely on the free care pool,” said Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge. “It’s to end the free ride that some employers and some employees have been able to get in the last few years.”

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