During a series of three focus groups across the state of Colorado, Small Business Majority facilitated discussions with a variety of small business owners and self-employed workers to better understand their personal experiences that could inform policy conversations regarding Medicaid expansion, healthcare costs and coverage. These roundtable discussions occurred while COVID-19 dramatically impacted business and local economies. While the pandemic’s effect was often brought up by participants, this issue brief focuses on the broader impact of Medicaid expansion and of small business owners’ experiences and observations about Medicaid expansion and health insurance.
Affordable Care Act
On February 12, Small Business Majority penned a letter to Senate leaders to offer our strong support for key provisions in the stimulus package that are essential to our nation’s small businesses at this critical time.
On September 16, Small Business Majority submitted a letter to Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar, Secretary of U.S. Department of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Administrator of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Seema Verma, and Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy David J. Kautter expressing concern over how Georgia’s Section 1332 waiver could make affordable health care less accessible to Georgia small business owners.
Small Business Majority has released its comprehensive state policy agenda to ensure entrepreneurship is at the center of a thriving and inclusive economy in Virginia during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s critical that state lawmakers enact both short- and long-term policies to support and empower these entrepreneurs by guaranteeing that they have access to capital to maintain and pivot their business, affordable and quality healthcare and the tools and benefits they need to sustain themselves now and in the future.
With open enrollment for 2021 now live and U.S. Supreme Court hearings that could determine the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) happening this week, healthcare is top of mind for many small business owners. Rich Gordon, a solo-entrepreneur and healthcare agent in Georgia is amongst them.
Rich actually started his business in response to the passing of the ACA. He had worked his entire career in health insurance and was approaching retirement. He saw the ACA as an opportunity to both help people and sustain an income in his retirement.
Small Business Majority filed an amicus brief today with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Texas v. U.S., which has challenged the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The brief urges the Supreme Court to fully uphold the Affordable Care Act and outlines how the law has benefited small businesses, self-employed entrepreneurs and small business employees who previously struggled to access quality, affordable health coverage.
Small Business Majority released its agenda today for Virginia's Entrepreneurs ahead of the 2020 Special Session, which begins on Tuesday, August 18th. The agenda calls for key policy solutions to support small businesses in the state including access to responsible small busuiness lending and expanding healthcare access and affordability.
As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise throughout the country, so does its impact on our economy. From stock market dips to decreased foot traffic in thriving neighborhoods, it's vital that our federal and state officials enact short and long-term policies that will offset these effects, particularly for our small business community, whose success is critical to our nation's economic health. Focusing on key policy issues will help support America's job creators.
In 2010, when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted, Sadie Tuescher’s office at her county job in Milwaukee, Wisc. was flooded with people looking for help enrolling in coverage through the new marketplaces created by the law. She was overwhelmed by the influx of clients but quickly adapted and learned everything she could about the new healthcare law. It wasn’t long before her insurance agent husband was calling her daily with questions about the ACA.
The post below is in response to the recent ruling in the case of Texas v. U.S., which further complicates the future of the Affordable Care Act.