Affordable health care is a top concern for America’s 28 million small businesses. During my travels, I’ve had a number of small business owners across the country tell me that the moment they really felt their business was a success was the day they were able to offer health insurance to their employees. But we know that many small business owners may still be wondering when that day will be and what the Affordable Care Act can do to help. Depending on the size of your business, different provisions of the...
The Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority are excited to announce the next set of Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinar dates with SBA Administrator Karen Mills joining as a special guest today, August 15 at 2pm ET. During each presentation, small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their company and employees. SBA representatives help small business owners understand the facts of the Affordable Care Act so they can make informed decisions about providing health insurance...
At the U.S. Small Business Administration, we know that health is one of the top concerns for small business owners across the country. Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, the Obama Administration has been hard at work implementing key policies that are already helping make health care more affordable and accessible for America’s small business owners--and more progress is on the way. Many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act are already in effect, and the bulk of new regulations designed to help Americans access...
NOTE: This blog is by Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and first appeared at WhiteHouse.gov on July 2. From the start, this Administration has encouraged an ongoing dialogue with the leaders of our nation’s businesses, large and small. There’s more to do, but working together we’ve helped rebuild our economy. Businesses have added 6.9 million private-sector jobsin the past 39 months and we’ve helped strengthen the middle class. Today, most Americans get their health insurance...
Note: This blog first appeared at Healthcare.gov on June 21, 2013. Health insurance is changing in important ways in 2014. We’ve updated HealthCare.gov to help you get ready for those changes, especially one of the most important: the opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Answering your questions about health coverage Our mission is to help you understand your new health coverage options so you can enroll in a plan that works for you and your family. If you run a small business, we’ll help you find...
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, chronic disease is responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans every year. And we know that the costs associated with treating individuals with chronic conditions account for the majority of annual spending on medical care. Across the country, more employers are learning how nondiscriminatory employer-based prevention and wellness programs can help improve the overall health of our workers and control health care spending—and the Affordable Care Act is...
As a business owner, it’s important to understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect your business. However, with so many misconceptions about how the Affordable Care Act works, this can be difficult. As part of our ongoing blog series, “Myth vs. Fact: The Affordable Care Act and Small Business,” this week we’re debunking another common myth: If my business is located in a state that isn’t establishing a state-based Marketplace, the Affordable Care Act doesn’t have any impact on me....
Note: This blog is by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services and first appeared at Healthcare.gov on April 30. Today, we take one more step toward meeting the promise of helping millions of Americans access quality, affordable health coverage. We have finalized the application you can complete later this year to learn what health insurance programs you are eligible for and the discounts to help pay for it. Starting in October, it will be the one application you can use to apply for the new ...
The Affordable Care Act includes new health care reform terms used to describe parts of the law that affect small business. Understanding what these terms mean can help both self-employed individuals and small employers better navigate the law and take advantage of reforms that are helping to lower premium costs and increase access to quality, affordable health insurance. Here are seven terms in the Affordable Care Act that small businesses should know. ...
One of the ways in which the Affordable Care Act helps bring down costs for small employers is through the tax credit available to eligible small businesses that provide health care insurance to their employees. The credit significantly offsets the cost of providing insurance and with the 2012 tax filing deadline fast approaching, you don’t want to let this valuable tax break pass you by. Here’s what you need to know about eligibility and how to claim the credit: What is the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit? Currently...
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