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ACA Replacement Plan Ripped Apart by Medical Groups

Physician's Practice
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Healthcare

Small business owners nationwide are signing a letter urging lawmakers to halt the repeal of the ACA in fear that it will be bad for their businesses. The letter states that the ACA has helped many entrepreneurs with pre-existing conditions leave large companies, with employer-sponsored coverage, and pursue their dreams of owning their own business. But, with the AHCA, the group argues that small businesses would no longer receive tax credits to help offset the cost of providing employees coverage.

"Repealing the ACA will eradicate hard-won benefits that were decades in the...

GOP assault on Obamacare rattles workers in California's 'gig economy'

Politico Pro
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Healthcare

Republican plans to scrap Obamacare and roll back its Medicaid expansion are sending tremors through the "gig economy" — and nowhere more so than in California.

“What these politicians fail to understand is that the health care law is the first meaningful insurance reform available to entrepreneurs in decades,” John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, wrote in a Health Affairs blog post this week. “In fact, for many self-employed business owners, their firms would not exist without it. That’s why repealing the law is going to be a sizable setback for...

For Self-Employed Entrepreneurs, Losing The ACA Would Be An Enormous Setback

Health Affairs Blog
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Healthcare

Lawmakers who dream of gutting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) do not seem to care about its importance to small business owners, particularly those who are solo entrepreneurs. What these politicians fail to understand is that the health care law is the first meaningful insurance reform available to entrepreneurs in decades. In fact, for many self-employed business owners, their firms would not exist without it. That’s why repealing the law is going to be a sizable setback for entrepreneurship.

One of the most popular and best-known provisions of the ACA has been particularly...

My small business is out of options without the ACA

Chicago Tribune
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Healthcare

As a small business owner, I am very worried about Congress moving forward with its plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. As a lawyer, three-time cancer survivor, and an entrepreneur, I can tell you firsthand that this legislation will have a devastating impact on the small business community.

Thanks to the ACA, I was able to leave my job with employer-sponsored health coverage to start my own legal recruiting firm, Mardavis Group Inc., here in Chicago. I enrolled in the state’s marketplace, Get Covered Illinois, and had no difficulty finding coverage, even with a pre-...

Congress’ action will hurt business

The Sacramento Bee Online
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Retirement

The U.S. Senate soon will vote to overturn a U.S. Department of Labor rule that makes it easier for states to establish retirement savings plans, such as the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program being implemented here in California. Striking down this rule would have a chilling effect on California’s Secure Choice program and would be especially harmful to small businesses.

Secure Choice would provide an easy and affordable option for small businesses, which is why they strongly support it. We urge the U.S. Senate to consider how these programs can help small businesses and...

Don’t repeal Obamacare

Fresno Bee Online
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Healthcare

Obamacare allows me to focus on my business, not my insurance.

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., who say they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act don’t understand how much it helps entrepreneurs like me. Without the law, I would simply not have health insurance. The same goes for my family and my employee.

I opened an insurance office in 2015, but due to limited budget during my start-up I’m unable to afford health coverage through a small group plan or individual and family plans. Instead, I purchased quality, affordable insurance through Covered California for myself, my...

Chiang, others speak in support of Secure Choice retirement program

Pasadena Star-News
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Retirement

California State Treasurer John Chiang, left, is urging the U.S. Senate to defeat legislation that would undermine California’s Secure Choice employee retirement savings program. Chiang spoke Monday at a news conference in Pasadena. To his right are Marisabel Torres, senior policy analyst for the National Council of La Raza, Xiomara Pena, a policy analyst with the California Small Business Majority, and Carmen Roberts, a long-term care worker with the SEIU Local 2015 union.

Small businesses like corporate tax cut only if loopholes closed

The Hill - Blogs
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Taxes

In light of President Trump’s recent address to Congress in which he called for corporate tax reform, some are imploring lawmakers to save small businesses from what has been termed “some of the most anti-business tax rates and rules in the world.”

While tax reform is essential to helping small businesses, many clamoring for changes to the tax code are thinking only of the wealthiest entrepreneurs and not the rest of America’s 28 million small businesses that would benefit from lower corporate tax rates only if that reduction is accompanied by the elimination of costly loopholes...

How the American Health Care Act could impact small businesses

Becker's Spine Review
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Healthcare

John Arensmeyer, CEO of the Small Business Majority, responded.

"Repealing various aspects of the Affordable Care Act and scaling back provisions like tax credits and Medicaid expansion will do little more than create instability in the insurance market," he said. "This instability will ultimately hurt small business owners by making insurance less affordable, which will make it more difficult for America's small business community to access healthcare."

He advocated for keeping the ACA intact and finding ways to improve it.

"Small...

Minimum Wage: 6 Ways To Prepare Your Business For The Rise Of Labor Costs

CBS Los Angeles
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Minimum Wage

While it may seem counterintuitive, a July 2015 survey found that 60 percent of small business owners favor an increase in the minimum wage. Why? According to John Arensmeyer, Founder and CEO of Small Business Majority who commissioned the survey, “Small businesses know raising the minimum wage would immediately put more money in the pocket of low-wage workers who will then spend the money on things like housing, food and gas.” What does this mean for you and your business? As you work your financial plans, don’t forget to look at your marketing plans. There will be more customers with...

Making government work for the people

Nashua Telegraph
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Minimum Wage

According to the Small Business Majority, increasing the minimum wage “would immediately put more money in the pocket of low-wage workers who will then spend the money on things like housing, food, and gas. This boost in demand for goods and services will help stimulate the economy and help create opportunities.”

Buena Vista mayor praises the value of national monuments

The Pueblo Ch​ie​ftain
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Public lands

Another study by the Small Business Majority found that between 2011 and 2015, approximately 3.9 million people visited recent national monuments, including Browns Canyon, generating $58 million yearly in labor wages across recreation, lodging, food service and other sectors.

Congress Shouldn’t Retire a Rule That Helps Small Businesses Provide for Their Employees’ Golden Years

The Huffington Post - Blog
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Retirement

When it comes to employee benefits, the difference between working for a small business and a large corporation can be the difference between eating at a buffet and dining a la carte: neither are bad options, but one usually offers more choices than the other. Unfortunately, far too many lawmakers in Washington, D.C. fail to understand that small businesses often do not have the resources to offer a buffet of benefits, which can result in high employee turnover. That’s why efforts to overturn a rule that makes it easier for states to set up retirement savings programs will be particularly...

AARP, State Treasurer Urge U.S. Senate to Protect Retirement Security for Illinois Workers

PR Newswire - Online
Topics:
Retirement

After the U.S. House of Representatives recently fast-tracked a measure that aims to prevent states from creating their own workplace savings programs, AARP Illinois and State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs today led a press conference urging the U.S. Senate to defeat the legislation and protect the ability of millions of employees to save for a secure retirement, including through Illinois' very own Secure Choice Program.

"If lawmakers in Washington, D.C. strike down the U.S. Department of Labor's rule that allows states to create retirement savings programs for...

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
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Healthcare

Small businesses weigh in on the end of Obamacare

CNBC
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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
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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
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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
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Healthcare

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

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