Health insurance continues to be a driving force in our advocacy efforts. At the present time, only 31% of business owners with 10 or fewer employees can afford to provide insurance to their employees. The cost of health insurance is impacting economic growth. As business owners, it can be the X-factor which sways a company away from hiring.
The SBAC has formed a coalition in support of the Health Insurance Co-op bill. Our coalition now includes 19 business organizations and over 11,000 businesses, including Jewish B2B. This legislation would enable small businesses
to create their own non-profit health insurance co-ops. These co-operatives would be operated, and governed by, advocates and representatives of the business owners and employees, enrolled in the co-operatives. Small business owners would finally have the opportunity to stabilize, and eventually bring down, the cost of health insurance. The SBAC and its unified coalition of chambers, associations and small business advocates are determined to push for and get HB 3976 and SB 2885 passed this legislative session.
We ask you to contact your legislators and ask them to support the bill. At the following site, www.coalitionforcooperatives.org, you can enter your address, identify legislators, and easily email your State Representative and Senator online – in less than 5 minutes. Thank you for standing with small business!