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Publix, Sea World Want ACA Change

Three powerful Central Florida companies back legislation to increase the number of hours an employee must work to qualify for employer-provided health care. 

Under the Affordable Care Act, workers at large companies who put in 30 hours a week are considered full-time.  But Publix Super Markets, Darden Restaurants and SeaWorld Entertainment are backing legislation to increase that requirement  to 40 hours a week, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Large companies, those with 100 or more employees, can face penalties starting next year if health insurance is not provided for full-time employees.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.