Tag: Small Business

Taking Steps to Make Coverage Affordable

There are two things Congress can do now to support affordability in health care coverage: allow states to maintain their current small-group market and repeal the health insurance tax. Continue reading

Posted in: Issue Alert

The definition of small-group market: Protecting affordability and stability

Under the Affordable Care Act, companies with 51 to 100 employees would move from the large-group market to the small-group market starting in 2016. That change would create instability for the small employer marketplace, leading to premium increases and potential disruptions in coverage. Continue reading

Posted in: Issue Alert, On The Hill

Mansfield News-Journal Op-Ed: “The HIT is an Onerous Tax”

An op-ed in the Mansfield News-Journal by Ohio State Rep. Mark Romanchuk, who is also a small business owner, states very plainly, “We must repeal the health insurance tax.” Continue reading

Posted in: ACA

Pioneer Press Op-Ed Highlights Premium Tax

An op-ed in the St. Paul Pioneer Press says that the health care reform law does not make health care more affordable, and points out the law’s premium tax as an example. Continue reading

Posted in: ACA, Health Care Costs

Impact of the Health Insurance Tax “Likely Would Be Catastrophic”

The Times West Virginian has an editorial out today about the health insurance tax (HIT) included in the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

Posted in: ACA, Health Care Costs

New AHIP Publication: Small Group Health Insurance in 2010

View AHIP’s latest small group health insurance survey. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP, AHIP Studies and Reports

Starbucks CEO: Pressure of ACA on Small Biz is Too Great

See what Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz has to say about the pressure of the ACA on small businesses. Continue reading

Posted in: ACA, Health Care Costs, In Case You Missed It

Small biz owner: Small Business Health Insurance Tax Will Make Health Insurance More Expensive

Brett Parker, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for Bowlmor Lanes, testified today on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the House Education and Workforce HELP Subcommittee hearing to examine the impact of the new health care law for employers. Continue reading

Posted in: ACA, In Case You Missed It, Issue Alert, On The Hill

Editorials and Experts Drawing Attention to the Cost Issue

It’s a busy day on the cost front. First, the Milliman Medical Index was released providing some very good and fresh data about the continued medical cost crisis that is impacting employers and families. Also, fresh off the presses today were two must read pieces on costs and premiums. The first piece is an OpEd that ran in The Boston Globe written by Jim Stergios and Amy Lischko,

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert, What They Are Saying

Small Businesses and Health Care Costs

In December, AHIP sent a letter to Capitol Hill discussing the cause for rising health care costs particularly for small businesses. Below are some key highlights from this letter: Data from NHE “…show that increases in premiums are driven by the growth in the cost of health care services and that plan administrative costs are rising at far lower rates than the cost of care.” “…all 50 states and the District of Columbia impose restrictions on the premiums that may [...]

Posted in: Fact Check, Health Care Costs