Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Attention small business owners: You can rein in the cost of health insurance

Show your support with written or live testimony

I filed a bill, An Act Relative To Health Care Cost For Small Business (H02351), that will provide immediate relief for businesses with more than ten and fewer than 50 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. If you own such a business or know someone who does, you should read this summary.

The Affordable Care Act (national health care reform), which is based on the Massachusetts' model, exempts businesses with fewer than 50 FTE employees from many of the mandates of the law. Massachusetts' law sets this threshold at 11 FTE employees. House 2351 makes an early adoption of the Federal threshold. There is bipartisan support for this bill; legislators who understand that small businesses are bearing an undue burden when it comes to health insurance expenses, a burden that is growing at an unsustainable rate.

If you have dealt with health insurance audits by the state, paid fines, and watched critical working capital cash taken out of your business and redirected to support the costliest system of health insurance in the country, then you know how this simple change in the law would provide immediate relief for your business.

The hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Statehouse in Hearing Room A-1. If you are interested in testifying how this bill would help your business, you can join me at the hearing or you can submit written testimony to the Joint Committee on Public Health. An email message can be included in the written testimony, so please don't think that the formalities of written testimony are an obstacle. Email me at randy.hunt@mahouse.gov

If you would like to testify in person, you will be limited to three minutes, but you should submit a written version of your testimony. The written version can be much more detailed if you like.

This is your opportunity to make a difference, a big difference in controlling costs that have some of our small businesses on the ropes.

Call my district office at 508-888-2158 or email me to register your willingness to rein in the over-reaching mandate we find ourselves under.

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