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Employer-based health coverage likely to stay awhile

Chicago Tribune

Get your insurance through your employer? The ongoing political turmoil around "Obamacare" all but guarantees you'll still be able to do that.

Ask Walt Rowen, whose business is etching glass but whose experience managing century-old, family-owned Susquehanna Glass makes him something of an expert on health care. He's provided coverage to employees, then canceled it, steering them to the health insurance exchange. But with those premiums rising, Rowen this year is again covering his 70 or so workers under the umbrella of employer-sponsored health insurance.

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The Health Care Solutions Small Businesses Need

Morning Consult

Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act were like something out of a B horror movie: terrifying at times, very unrealistic and surprisingly difficult to kill. Fortunately for America’s small businesses, conservative lawmakers failed for now to gut the ACA. This development is wonderful news given that small firms like ours struggled with health care costs for years before the ACA led to better health coverage and more choices at lower prices. Now that the health care law is no longer under immediate threat of repeal, it’s time for a bipartisan plan that will strengthen our...

Employer-based health coverage likely to stay awhile

The Washington Post

Get your insurance through your employer? The ongoing political turmoil around “Obamacare” all but guarantees you’ll still be able to do that.

Ask Walt Rowen, whose business is etching glass but whose experience managing century-old, family-owned Susquehanna Glass makes him something of an expert on health care. He’s provided coverage to employees, then canceled it, steering them to the health insurance exchange. But with those premiums rising, Rowen this year is again covering his 70 or so workers under the umbrella of employer-sponsored health insurance.

Governors Plead With Trump To Pay Obamacare Subsidies

The Villages Suntimes

That means subsidies will have to rise for many people to meet those higher premiums. Although employer contributions vary, 72 percent is in line with what other businesses offer their employees, said John Arensmeyer, head of the Small Business Majority.

Small Businesses Need More Info on State-Run Retirement Plans

Bloomberg BNA

“These programs are all in the early stages, but as they get closer to launching, they will need to do a lot more to help small businesses know about the program,” David Chase, vice president for national outreach with the Small Business Majority in Sacramento, Calif., told Bloomberg BNA. Administrators of these programs “should do a full-court outreach, education, and marketing campaign all geared specifically for small business owners,” he said.

Health care law isn't perfect, but it has helped small businesses

The Frederick News-Post

This week’s vote by the Senate to proceed with debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act makes no sense to me, a small-business owner. Repealing the ACA would reverse improvements that cut costs and leveled the playing field for many small businesses.

While I agree the ACA isn’t perfect, it’s been crucial to helping small businesses access better and more affordable health coverage. Before the ACA, my health premiums were increasing up to 20 percent annually. The choices from insurance providers were limited, and I had just two insurers to choose from. After the ACA was passed, my...

Congress acting recklessly with health care efforts

Greeley Tribune

Congress is pushing forward with efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act even though proposed plans will cause 22-32 million people to lose insurance.

I'm concerned about how this legislation will impact me as a small business owner and as one of those who could lose insurance.

I am currently enrolled in the state marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado, and it has been vital for my business. Not only am I saving money, but my quality of care has greatly improved compared to my previous plan. The consistency and predictability of my health care has lifted a huge...

Small businesses support ACA: Letter to the editor

The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

Senate Republican's failure to advance their disastrous healthcare plan is great news for our small business. Now that efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have stalled, it's time to focus on common sense solutions to strengthen the law and support business owners.

While we agree the ACA isn't perfect, it's been crucial to helping small business owners like us access better and more affordable health coverage. Under the ACA, rates in the small group market are finally starting to stabilize. The law has also helped would-be entrepreneurs, especially those...

Health Care Concerns - Sustainable Rx Pricing

Colorado Business Roundtable

Tim Gaudette from the Small Business Majority joins us for a discussion on Sustainable Prescription Pricing with the CSRxP.org. Caitlin Westerson, Policy Manager for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, Sharon O’Hara, Executive Director, Chronic Care Collaborative; and Helen Royal CEO of the Summit Community Care Clinic will weigh in on drug transparency, real-life decisions and the patient perspective.

Health Law Repeal Could Force Some Gig Workers to Go Full Time

Bloomberg BNA

“The subsidies that have been available in the ACA marketplace have been very helpful to small business owners and the self-employed,” David Chase, vice president of National Outreach for Small Business Majority, told Bloomberg BNA July 24.

Self-employed workers are the most likely group to be uninsured, Chase said. And that should concern people because “the future of work is going the way of the gig economy.”

Self-employed people weigh returning to corporate jobs if Senate passes ACA repeal bill

Modern Healthcare

Steven DeMaio of New York City has been happily self-employed as a writer and editor since 2008. At that time, he felt comfortable leaving a corporate job with health benefits and going out on his own because the state where he then lived, Massachusetts, had established a system guaranteeing affordable individual-market coverage without regard to health status.

But DeMaio, 46, recently decided to look for a corporate job with health benefits because of uncertainty over the future of his health insurance posed by Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. As of...

LETTERS: Obamacare a lifesaver for the self-employed

Chicago Sun-Times

While top Republican senators are making last-ditch efforts to revive their replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, calls for a so-called clean repeal of the ACA are just as concerning. The Congressional Budget Office recently announced that repealing the ACA without a suitable replacement will leave 32 million uninsured — many of them entrepreneurs like myself. Like many freelancers, I was unable to find consistent and reliable health coverage before the ACA’s passage.

Since enrolling in the Get Covered Illinois marketplace, I’ve endured several serious health issues which...

Small Business Lobbyists Plot Their Next Moves On Obamacare

Forbes

But mouths are closed on the other end of the ideological spectrum as well. The Main Street Alliance didn't answer my questions about how it was adjusting its strategy. The Small Business Majority pointed me toward its own ACA wish list, which not surprisingly runs opposite of the conservative groups' agendas: increasing consumer subsidies and continuing to expand Medicare, opposing association-run small-business health plans, and the like. I asked David Chase, the group's vice president, national outreach, how the current situation might require the group to refine either...

Small Businesses Split Over Republican Health Plans

The New York Times Online

But as overhaul legislation advanced through Congress, many small-business owners became more vocal about their opposition to the changes. Other industry groups, like the Main Street Alliance and the Small Business Majority, championed their cause.

Further attempts to repeal the ACA need to be dropped: Letter to the Editor

cleveland.com

Roger Geiger's latest opinion piece, "For the sake of small business, U.S. Senate must push ahead on health care reform," is way off-base. As a small business owner, I know that repealing the Affordable Care Act will be terrible for us, and I'm not the only one who thinks so. In fact, polling from Small Business Majority found the majority of small businesses support the ACA.

Health Care Reform Causing Big Worries for Small Business Owners

Lendio Blog

“Small-business owners who are now dependent upon the marketplace for coverage are scared to death that it might go away,” said John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of the advocacy group Small Business Majority.

Lawmakers Urge Treasury to Promote Retirement Savings

Bloomberg BNA

These include “financial cost as well as the time required to administer that type of program,” John
Arensmeyer, founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, in Washington, told Bloomberg BNA July 14. They
want to offer this benefit because it helps them compete with bigger businesses for top talent and also helps
them retain skilled employees, he said.

Now is the Time for a Bipartisan Healthcare Bill That Will Help Small Businesses

Real Vail

Now is the Time for a Bipartisan Healthcare Bill That Will Help Small Businesses

Statement from Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer on why the GOP’s latest setback to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act underscores the need for a bipartisan solution to healthcare problems

Don't dismantle the ACA

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lawmakers discuss revised health care bill

Lebanon Democrat

The leader of the Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization, highlighted potential risks with Cruz’s amendment.

“Since Cruz’s amendment would allow insurers to sell health plans that do not comply with [the Affordable Care Act] requirements, the [Better Care Reconciliation Act] would create parallel insurance markets for the sick and for the healthy,” said John Arensmeyer, Small Business Majority founder and CEO. “This would lead to unbalanced risk pools, driving up the costs for small business owners with older or sicker workers. Businesses with...

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