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Small-business owners are full of questions and regrets about the end of Obamacare

CNBC
Topics:
Healthcare

Not all small businesses find fault with the law. While Mike Roach's business, Paloma Clothing in Portland, Oregon, is too small to have to comply with the employer mandate, he and his wife Kim Osgood began offering insurance in 2007 and saw that, in response, employee turnover slowed.

The couple also benefited from a tax credit under the Affordable Care Act for smaller businesses with under 50 workers that opt to offer health-insurance. While Roach's tax credit expired in 2015, he says it greatly helped to offset the cost of offering benefits to workers on his group...

Nightly Business Report – February 28, 2017

Nightly Business Report
Topics:
Healthcare

Small businesses weigh in on the end of Obamacare

CNBC
Topics:
Healthcare

CNBC's Kate Rogers talks with small businesses on all sides of the health care debate ahead of President Trump's address to Congress Tuesday evening where he is expected to reveal...

Religious exemption would be bad for business

Colorado Springs Business Journal
Topics:
Non-discrimination

As the owner of a catering company, I produce all sorts of events, including weddings, which is why we think of ourselves as being in the “love business.”

I’m glad to say that business won’t take a hit because a bill that would have legalized discrimination against LGBT persons in Colorado is dead — at least for now.

For the third consecutive year, politicians here introduced a bill (HB 1013) in the state Legislature that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to LGBT customers if they feel that serving them somehow violates their personal religious beliefs....

Republicans Are Poised to Repeat Democrats’ Obamacare Small-Business Mistake

Bloomberg
Topics:
Healthcare

Ron Nelsen used to cringe when one of his five employees got sick. The owner of an electric garage door company in Las Vegas, Nelsen knew he’d pay for it when insurance renewal time rolled around. “I’m ashamed to say it, but I would just have this sinking feeling in my gut.”

Nelsen is part of what should have been one of the ripest markets for Obamacare. Small businesses have been clamoring for changes in the small policy market for 30 years, according to surveys conducted since 1986 by the National Federation of Independent Business. The cost and difficulty of insuring their...

Cures Act a win for small business owners on health benefits

Daily Record
Topics:
Healthcare

...said Erik Rettig, director of the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions for Small Business Majority, a Washington, D.C.-based...

Treasurer Read Urges Congress: Don’t Make It More Difficult For Hardworking Oregonians To Save For Retirement

Public Now
Topics:
Retirement

Other groups including AARP and the Small Business Majority also are pressing Congress to not undercut states' abilities to offer modest low-cost and business-friendly retirement savings options.
'Small employers need retirement savings options for their employees that make sense for their business and their bottom line,' Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer, in a release. 'State-administered retirement savings programs can help many small business employees better save for their futures.'

HB2 hurting small businesses

Raleigh News Observer
Topics:
Non-discrimination

Regarding the Feb. 7 news article “HB2 threatens 6 years of games, sports group says”: Recently, North Carolina lawmakers found out that the state is in danger of losing all NCAA championship events through 2022 if House Bill 2 is not repealed.

As a small business owner, I’m hopeful that we can finally put HB2 behind us, since it has created a hostile business environment that hurts small businesses and employees.

My company thrives because we work with large, national companies, and I’m worried that they, like the NCAA, will no longer want to do business in North Carolina if...

Commentary: Obamacare saved my business money

St. Louis Business Journal
Topics:
Healthcare

A lot has changed since my shop opened its doors in 1969: Bell bottoms are out, skinny jeans are in and I can buy either of them using a cell phone. But when it comes to the price of doing business, one of the most effective cost-lowering programs to come along in a long time is the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thanks to that law, I now have the best healthcare coverage my business has ever had — and at an affordable price. Unfortunately, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have already begun the process of dismantling the ACA, so I want to explain why the legislation is working for small...

Why Is Congress Undermining Retirement Security for Millions of Americans?

New America
Topics:
Retirement

According to Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization: “[P]rograms like these help level the playing field between small businesses that want to offer retirement benefits but can’t, and their larger counterparts that can. This helps small businesses compete for the best employees, and gives employers peace of mind that they are doing what’s best for their workers.”

Chiang, de León: Stop Congress from killing retirement savings for low-moderate income workers

Daily Democrat Online
Topics:
Retirement

“Through this program, you would see thousands and thousands of business owners in California have access to a product they would not otherwise be able to obtain,” said Mark Herbert, California director of Small Business Majority.

Chiang, de León: Stop Congress from killing retirement savings for low-moderate income workers

East Bay Times
Topics:
Retirement

Secure Choice, which was approved by the California Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown just months ago, was supported by AARP, Small Business Majority, many ethnic chambers of commerce, labor and other groups.

For California’s Smallest Businesses, Obamacare Opened The Door

California Healthline
Topics:
Healthcare

“When you’re providing a benefit that allows folks to take that risk with a little more of a safety net … that allows more entrepreneurs to take the plunge,” said Mark Herbert, California Director for Small Business Majority, an advocacy organization that opposes repeal.

Nationally, California has one of the highest rates of small business owners who get their coverage through a health insurance exchange — 16 percent — according to a U.S. Department of the Treasury analysis of 2014 data. And Covered California officials say nearly a quarter of enrollees — 377,000 people — declared...

Congress considers blocking California retirement savings plan

East Bay Times
Topics:
Retirement

“Through this program, you would see thousands and thousands of business owners in California have access to a product they would not otherwise be able to obtain,” said Mark Herbert, California director of Small Business Majority, a national association.

Colorado shouldn’t repeal state health exchange

Denver Post
Topics:
Healthcare

This week, state legislators voted in favor of a bill that would dismantle the state’s health marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. This would be bad for the state’s small businesses.

The loss of Colorado’s exchange would leave them with fewer health care options and would likely lead to higher costs. What’s more, since some Washington lawmakers are intent on repealing the Affordable Care Act, the future of Healthcare.gov is unclear. Therefore, repealing the state exchange could mean the loss of the only marketplace Colorado’s entrepreneurs will have for obtaining quality,...

Opponents say Obamacare repeal would hit Tennessee small businesses hard

Insurance News Net
Topics:
Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare without a full replacement plan "would be catastrophic for small business," said Lindsay Mueller, Midwest director for the Small Business Majority, a nonprofit group that says it represents the interests of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

"The Affordable Care Act has significantly lowered small business owners' costs," Mueller said. "Before the ACA was passed, small businesses paid significantly more, and received fewer benefits, paying 18 percent more on average for health insurance."

Mueller cited the impact on self...

Small businesses air concerns over possible ACA repeal

Cleveland Daily Banner
Topics:
Healthcare

Jenny Rogers, who owns Welcome Valley Village in Benton, was part of a telephone press conference Friday held by the Small Business Majority, a national business advocacy organization.

Lindsay Mueller, the organization’s Midwest director, said small businesses nationwide have reaped substantial benefits from what is more commonly known as “Obamacare.”

“A recent analysis found that one in five people who purchased coverage through the healthcare exchanges created by the ACA are small employers or solo entrepreneurs,” Mueller said.

“Therefore, if the ACA is repealed...

Hotly debated sick-leave bills considered by Md. Senate committee

WTOP.com
Topics:
PSD/Benefits

Supporters such as Erik Rettig, with Small Business Majority, said paid leave can “benefit businesses by lowering turnover, boosting productivity and enhancing employee morale.”

Businesses for and against paid sick leave bills

Maryland Reporter
Topics:
PSD/Benefits

Clifton Broumand, founder and CEO of Man & Machine, a company that produces waterproof computer keyboards, said the talk of onerous regulations was “a side issue.”

He said as a small business job creator his biggest asset was his employees.

“If my employees can’t take care of themselves, they can’t be efficient for me,” he said in support of the bill.

Broumand said he currently has two sick employees who are barred from returning to work until they are better.

“The main issue here is providing paid sick leave,” he told the committee. “There can be a way, and...

State-Sponsored Retirement Accounts Would Be Blocked by Resolutions

Bloomberg BNA
Topics:
Retirement

These state and local programs are a low-cost and efficient way to provide retirement benefits for a large segment of the workforce that lacks such savings vehicles, John C. Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, told Bloomberg BNA. He said that 90 percent of American businesses have 10 or fewer employees.

SBM represents small businesses consisting of 100 or fewer employees.

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