California small businesses support new healthcare proposals

New report shows California small business owners want state lawmakers to expand healthcare access and affordability.

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On Tuesday, June 4, CEO John Arensmeyer joined Governor Gavin Newsom for a roundtable discussion about the governor's budget proposal to expand the CalEITC program for those making up to $30,000, including the self-employed. John discussed how this proposal would support low-income entrepreneurs as they work to build their businesses. 

On May 22, 2019, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer testified before a joint hearing of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship and the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management to discuss the reauthorization of the SBA Office of Advocacy. His testimony discussed the important role of the Office of Advocacy and why small business regulations should not be characterized as all good or bad, but rather considered on a case-by-case basis.

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On Tuesday, May 14, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer participated in a roundtable event with California Governor Gavin Newsom, small business owners, representatives from Covered California and others to talk about the importance of affordable healthcare to entrepreneurs. The discussion focused on the governor's new proposal to create state tax credits that will help more middle income Californians access and afford health coverage, including many small business owners and solo entrepreneurs.

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On Wednesday, May 8, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer participated in a panel at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The panel, "Strictly Business: An FTC Forum on Small Business Financing," examined trends and consumer protection issues in small business lending. John's comments focused on efforts to mitigate risks to small business borrowers in these marketplaces.

On Tuesday, May 7, Small Business Majority partnered with Thumbtack and other partners to host a congressional reception in honor of National Small Business Week. The event recognized Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Chairman Marco Rubio, Ranking Members Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Steve Chabot, as well as other members of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business and U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

On Tuesday, May 7, Small Business Majority's Government Affairs Director Renée Johnson provided opening remarks at the National Urban League's 4th Annual Small Business Day. The event was part of the Urban League's 16th Annual Legislative Policy Conference and featured panel discussions on policy issues affecting small business owners like access to capital and Opportunity Zones.

On April 1, Small Business Majority filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, which is being challenged in Texas v. United States. In the brief, Small Business Majority contended that even though the ACA’s individual mandate penalty has been repealed, the healthcare law’s remaining components must be upheld in full because the ACA is critical to the success of small businesses, solo entrepreneurs and their employees.

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On March 28, Small Business Majority released the findings of a new scientific opinion poll, “Colorado small business owners support paid family and medical leave insurance program.” The poll explores Colorado small business owners’ current ability to provide paid family and medical leave to their employees, and found small employers strongly support legislation that would establish a publicly-administered family and medical leave insurance program in the state.

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On March 12, Small Business Majority released the results of a scientific opinion poll in California that shed light on small business owners’ views on a set of proposed healthcare reforms in the state. The poll found more than 7 in 10 small business owners support expanding the system of premium subsidies that help individuals purchase insurance and are broadly supportive of numerous measures to address underlying cost and affordability issues.

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On February 26, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer gave a keynote speech at the 2019 National Association of Health Underwriters' 2019 Capitol Conference, which brings together more than 700 health insurance and benefits advisors. John's speech was titled, "Health Insurance from the Small Business Perspective." John also participated in a panel on "Pathways of Association Health Plans" as part of the conference.