Mark Herbert, California Director for Small Business Majority, testified in front of California's State Senate in support of SB 910, which would clarify that short-term limited duration health insurance cannot be sold in California and bolster health insurance markets. The legislation is meant to protect the robustness of the individual marketplace, which is vitally important for owners and employees of small businesses without group coverage, especially the roughly three million solo-entrepreneurs in California.
Small Business Majority voiced supports for California Bill SB 1021, which which would extend the cap on prescription drug copays indefinitely by eliminating sunset provisions on current law. The cap is currently set to expire in 2019.
Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer testifies before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions on how the U.S. Department of Labor's proposed changes to association health plans could hurt the small group market for health insurance.
Small Business Majority submitted a letter of support for California's Truth in Lending Act (SB 1235) under consideration by the California Senate. This bill would require standard disclosure methods for the terms of a loan offered to a business, allowing a small business owner to make a better informed decision about loan offers.
Mark Herbert, California Director for Small Business Majority, submitted a letter in support of the California Prompt Payment bill (AB 1552), which would require all public utilities to promptly pay vendors that submit valid invoices. Prompt payment measures such as this will help small businesses compete more effectively in bidding processes for contracts. The bill requires that public utilities will be required to pay vendor invoices within 30 days.
Small Business Majority Northeast Director submitted written testimony in support of Connecticut's SB1: An Act Concerning Paid Family and Medical Leave. The bill, which will provide workers in Connecticut with up to 12 weeks of paid leave a year to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member, will benefit business by lowering turnover, boosting productivity and enhancing employee morale.
Small Business Majority submitted a letter in support of California's Health Care Market Fairness Act of 2017 (SB 538), which would lower costs and improve value for California's entrepreneurs and the more than six million Californians who work for small businesses. It seeks to ensure lower costs by changing hospital contracting practices.
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Small Business Majority writes regarding the proposed changes to the definition of an “employer,” which would broaden the criteria for when employers are able to join association health plans (or AHPs).
Small Business Majority offered testimony on the Ohio Fairness Act, which would revise Ohio’s nondiscrimination code to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill will ensure that all of Ohio’s citizens receive equal protections in employment and public accommodations. Implementing nondiscrimination policies improve small businesses' ability to attract and retain the best and brightest employees and help draw in more customers, which is good for business.