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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.

DeLauro Leads More than 100 House Democrats in Reintroducing FAMILY Act

Insurance News Net
Topics:
Family Medical Leave

The following organizations have endorsed the FAMILY Act: 1,000 Days, 9to5, National Association of Working Women, 9to5 California, 9to5 Colorado, 9to5 Georgia, 9to5 Wisconsin, A Better Balance, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of University Women (AAUW), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, American Federation of Teachers, American Pediatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Sustainable Business Council , Black Women's Roundtable, Caring Across Generations, Caring Economy...

Treasurer John Chiang Responds to Congressional Threat to California’s Secure Choice Retirement Plan

Public Now
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, as well as labor and other groups. Significantly, the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Manufacturers and Technology Association and the American Council of Life Insurers did not oppose the legislation in its final form.

Senator Gillibrand Leads Group Of 27 Senators To Reintroduce FAMILY Act »

Public Now
Topics:
Family Medical Leave

The following organizations have endorsed the FAMILY Act: 1,000 Days, 9to5, National Association of Working Women, 9to5 California, 9to5 Colorado, 9to5 Georgia, 9to5 Wisconsin, A Better Balance, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of University Women (AAUW), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, American Federation of Teachers, American Pediatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Sustainable Business Council , Black Women's Roundtable, Caring Across Generations, Caring Economy...

Fiduciary Rule Delay Gets Mixed Reaction in Plan Sponsor World

Bloomberg BNA
Topics:
Regulations, Retirement

However, a group that represents small businesses, the Small Business Majority, likes the protections the rule provides.

John Arensmeyer, chief executive officer of the group, in San Francisco, told Bloomberg BNA Feb. 3 that he considers the rule a vital protection for small business owners and their employees. “It’s a no-brainer that small business owners would want their financial advisers to assume fiduciary responsibility,” he said. “We don’t understand why there would be any reasonable objection to this kind of protection.”

ACA uncertainty leaves KC small businesses 'up in the air'

Kansas City Business Journal - Online
Topics:
Healthcare

Feb 6, 2017, 11:33am CST Revised Date/Time Publish Updated Feb 6, 2017, 5:17pm CST

Elise Reuter Reporter Kansas City Business Journal

With sparse details on plans to repeal or replace the ACA, small businesses and insurers are stuck in a holding pattern.

Small businesses in Kansas City are taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to health care coverage. Though Congress has been abuzz with the promise of an Affordable Care Act repeal, details remain sparse.

"Next year is up in the air pending legislation," CEO Adam Jones wrote.

Dennis Larkin...

Open to all for business

Colorado Springs Gazette
Topics:
Non-discrimination

Open to all for business

HB 1013 marks the third time a religious exemption bill has been proposed in Colorado in the past three years, and I hope it's the last. Legislation like this not only promotes discrimination, but threatens the prosperity of Colorado's small business community.

As the owner of a small business, Color Me Mine, I have no doubt that the passage of bills like HB 1013 would negatively impact our local economy. My business often hosts wedding-related events, like bachelorette parties, and I'm sure these customers would take their dollars to...

Entrepreneurs: Health law changes may mean finding new jobs

The Big Story
Topics:
Healthcare

Josh Lapp, who co-owns Designing Local in Columbus, Ohio, notes that he and his partners in the community planning and design business can't increase what they charge their mostly municipal clients; if their individual health insurance is more expensive, that's something they'll have to absorb.

Lapp was able to quit his full-time job in 2014 because he could buy insurance on the Ohio exchange. But Lapp, who has a pacemaker, is concerned that it might need to be replaced in the future, and isn't sure of the choices.

"The only option I can see at this...

Obamacare repeal through the eyes of St. Louis area residents

Saint Louis Post Dispatch West Post Section [Saint Louis Post-Dispatch]
Topics:
Healthcare

Kleindienst and her husband, Jarek Steele, own Left Bank Books, an independent book store with about a dozen full-time employees in the city’s Central West End. They’ve owned the store for 42 years and have always provided health insurance to their employees.

In the years preceding Obamacare, however, it was becoming more difficult, Kleindienst said. They could only afford to purchase a policy with a high deductible, which made accessing care very difficult for their workers.

“It was getting so expensive, it was a constant source of financial stress for us,” she said. “We had...

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