Federal Judge Ruling to Stop No Cost Preventive Care for Small Businesses that Rely on the ACA is Short-sighted and Harmful
Statement from John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, on negative impact of ruling that would require entrepreneurs and small business employees to pay out of pocket for some preventive and wellness services
“We are deeply disappointed by Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling in favor of undermining the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by allowing insurers to no longer cover some preventive care services at no cost.
This ruling will harm the small business community because the ACA’s requirement that insurers cover critical preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs helped narrow healthcare disparities. This enabled smaller firms to provide affordable healthcare options to employees, promoting a healthier workforce while lowering out-of-pocket costs. The ruling weakens this important mandate and puts the onus on individuals to pay for these critical services rather than the insurer.
Our recent poll shows that healthcare remains a top priority for small businesses, with 69% ranking the cost of healthcare/health insurance as a top issue, and 71% hoping that policymakers will prioritize bringing down the cost of healthcare.
Small business owners and their employees need affordable health coverage, which is why it’s critical that all preventive care be provided with no out-of-pocket cost as required by the ACA. We urge the Justice Department to appeal this decision swiftly to ensure those in the small business community can continue to access the comprehensive health coverage they depend on.”
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