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Mike Thompson, others, react to Trump’s latest budget plan

05/23/2017 - Vallejo Times-Herald

Also alarmed by the President’s budget proposal, the Small Business Majority, a 12-year-old small business advocacy organization, reacted by saying the “cuts would create more barriers to small business success.”

Topics:
Healthcare, General Small Business, Deficit Reduction

ACA a boon for small businesses

05/22/2017 - Las Vegas Sun

As a small-business owner, I am disappointed by the House’s passage of the American Health Care Act.

Topics:
Healthcare

American Health Care Act or ACA: Which health law do small businesses prefer?

05/22/2017 - Becker's ASC Review

Most small businesses favor the ACA over Republicans' American Health Care Act, according to a Small Business Majority poll.

Here are five notes:

1. Forty-nine percent picked the ACA over the AHCA.

2. Twenty-five percent favor the AHCA and 5 percent like both equally.

3. Once respondents became more well-versed in the ACA's specific provisions, 58 percent supported the law.

Topics:
Healthcare

Letter to the Editor: Secure Choice helps businesses

05/18/2017 - Fontana Herald News

Dear Editor:
Recently, Congress struck down a Department of Labor rule that makes it easier for states to establish retirement savings plans, like the Secure Choice Program being implemented here in California.

Topics:
Retirement

How Obamacare helped the self-employed in California

05/18/2017 - 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio

"Without the Affordable Care Act I would not have insurance today and I would not be in business for myself," said Kateri Gutierrez, who started Collective Avenue Coffee in Lynwood in October 2015.

The 24-year-old, who qualified for Medi-Cal under the Medicaid expansion, said she was uninsured when she became sick. The illness delayed her getting her business off the ground, she said.

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Healthcare

Despite What You’ve Read, Many Small Businesses Support Obamacare

05/18/2017 - Morning Consult

Small business owners are not some sort of single-minded monolith, but they are often treated that way.

Topics:
Healthcare

The Trump Administration Is Rolling Back The Small Business Health Insurance Program. Here’s What That Means In Kentucky

05/17/2017 - WFPL Louisville

And SHOP was all online. This prompted private insurers to compete with the government’s program, said David Chase with the advocacy group Small Business Majority.

Topics:
Healthcare

Treasurer Chiang And Senate Leader Kevin De León Announce Next Steps For California’s Secure Choice Retirement Program

05/17/2017 - Public Now

On Thursday, House Joint Resolution 66 will likely be enacted -- which reverses a key Department of Labor ruling that provides guidance to state sponsored IRA programs such as Secure Choice. Nonetheless, California's Secure Choice program will proceed without delay.
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017
WHERE: California State Capitol Office, Room 205
Sacramento, Calif. 95814
WHO: California State Treasurer John Chiang

Topics:
Retirement

More than 1,100 small businesses in Texas may have to change health insurance approach in 2018

05/17/2017 - Dallas News

"By removing the online enrollment functionality, the employee choice feature will become all but impossible for employers to utilize," John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, said in an online statement. The organization has about 55,000 small business members.
The changes could dwindle usage "to little or nothing," he said.

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Healthcare

CMS pitches end to small businesses using Healthcare.gov

05/16/2017 - Healthcare Finance News Online

The group Small Business Majority urged the administration to drop this proposal and instead focus on improvements to the ACA.

"If the proposal is finalized, after Nov. 15 small businesses would only be able to window shop for SHOP coverage through Healthcare.gov, and would instead have to enroll by using a broker or buying directly from an insurance company," said John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority.

Topics:
Healthcare

Trump administration seeks to end Obamacare enrollment for small businesses on HealthCare.gov in 2018

05/15/2017 - CNBC

The Small Business Majority, an advocacy group, said it was "very disappointed" in the proposal, calling it "just one more example of how the Trump administration would rather undo key parts of the Affordable Care Act that are good for small businesses, their employees, their families."

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Healthcare

Trump administration seeks to end HealthCare.gov enrollment for small companies

05/15/2017 - Modern Healthcare

Officials at Small Business Majority, a trade group of small companies, said it believes that the Trump administration is attempting to essentially end SHOP as a coverage option.

Under the new policy, businesses would still have to use HealthCare.gov to determine eligibility for SHOP coverage before going to a broker to enroll in the program.

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Healthcare

Trump administration to dismantle small-business part of ACA marketplaces

05/15/2017 - The Washington Post

But John Arensmeyer, chief executive of the Small Business Majority, condemned the idea of ending the online enrollment and requiring business to go to a broker or insurer to get coverage.

“Forcing small employers to make this extra effort just to enroll in SHOP will make it likely that SHOP usage dwindles to little or nothing,” he said, calling the plans “just one more example of how the Trump administration would rather undo key parts of the Affordable Care Act.”

Topics:
Healthcare

Trump Wants To End Obama Era Small Business Health Insurance Program

05/15/2017 - Oregon Public Broadcasting

David Chase, of the national advocacy group Small Business Majority, said without the online system, providing insurance to employees through the exchange is too complicated.

“From an administrative perspective, it would be so cumbersome that a small business likely wouldn’t be able to use that feature going forward,” Chase said.

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Healthcare

CMS floats changes to health insurance marketplaces for small businesses

05/15/2017 - FierceHealthcare

At least one group, though, is not happy with the proposal. In an emailed statement, the Small Business Majority expressed its disappointment that under CMS' plan, "small businesses would only be able to window shop for SHOP coverage through Healthcare.gov" and would then have to take the extra step of working with a broker or buying insurance directly.

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Healthcare

CMS Wants to Drop Online Enrollment in SHOP Exchanges

05/15/2017 - Medpage Today

Although the agency cast the proposed change as one that would improve the SHOP program, not everyone agreed with that idea. John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, a group of 55,000 small business owners, said in a statement that his group was "very disappointed" by the announcement. "Forcing small employers to make this extra effort just to enroll in SHOP will make it likely that SHOP usage dwindles to little or nothing."

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Healthcare

State retirement plans worth effort, despite D.C. diss

05/13/2017 - Crain's Chicago Business

Recently, the Senate voted to overturn a Department of Labor rule that made it easier for states to establish retirement savings plans, like the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program in Illinois ("New state retirement plan hits D.C. buzz saw," May 4). Although this is disappointing, we're glad Illinois is committed to moving forward with Secure Choice.

Topics:
Retirement

Reader Feedback: Worried about the American Health Care Act

05/12/2017 - Denver Business Journal Online, The

As a small business owner here in Denver, the U.S. House of Representative’s decision to push forward with the American Health Care Act has me extremely worried. This bill will be especially harmful for entrepreneurs with pre-existing conditions like me.

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Healthcare

States Want To Help Small Business Workers Save For Retirement, Washington Says No

05/11/2017 - Forbes.com

According to the Pew survey, small- and midsize business overwhelmingly support auto-IRAs. And the Small Business Majority and AARP, which back these state plans, found that two-thirds of California business owners supported the program that state ultimately created last year. In recent years, five states — California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, and Oregon— have enacted plans along these lines, and Massachusetts has created a similar plan for nonprofits.

Topics:
Retirement

House Passes Health Care Bill

05/10/2017 - American Booksellers Association

In response to the bill’s passage in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Small Business Majority is urging Congress to drop the bill. In a statement, John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of the Small Business Majority, said, “This is an irresponsible and costly move that will do little more than create instability in the insurance market and greatly reduce the ability of small business owners, their employees, and self-employed Americans to obtain health coverage.

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Healthcare

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