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CMS floats changes to health insurance marketplaces for small businesses

FierceHealthcare
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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.

The group added, though, that the proposal isn't a surprise, as "the success of SHOP has not been a priority" in the past, leading it to fall short of expectations.

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

Modern Healthcare
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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.

"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," the Small Business Majority said in a statement Monday.

CMS Wants to Drop Online Enrollment in SHOP Exchanges

Medpage Today
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Healthcare

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."
"We know ... that small businesses support key features of SHOP, including employee choice and the small business...

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

Crain's Chicago Business
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Retirement

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.

State retirement savings programs can help level the playing field for small employers against larger firms. This helps small businesses compete for the best employees, and gives employers peace of mind that they...

Reader Feedback: Worried about the American Health Care Act

Denver Business Journal Online, The
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Healthcare

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.

The replacement plan would allow states to opt-out of the coverage requirements and protections currently offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And it scales back protections for those with pre-existing conditions by setting up high-risk pools, which was tried in Colorado and ultimately failed.

After suffering from two...

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

Forbes.com
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Retirement

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. Many other states have considered similar plans.

House Passes Health Care Bill

American Booksellers Association
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Healthcare

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. What’s more, we know small businesses strongly support the current health care law and oppose the replacement.”

Paid Leave Pays Off For Entrepreneurs

Forbes.com
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Family Medical Leave

When Heather Whaling delivered her son four years ago, early, he was in the neonatal unit for 13 days. She was thankful that she was the boss but realized that parents shouldn’t be worried about the wellbeing of their child, their job security and whether they will be paid. As the owner of Geben Communication, a PR firm based in Columbus, Ohio, she could do something about this.

A majority of the 28 million small business owners — 70% — believe a federal program should be established to provide paid family and medical leave, according to Small Business Majority. Small businesses...

Small businesses hurt by move

The Stockton Record
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Retirement

Earlier this week, Congress struck down a Department of Labor rule that made it easier for states to establish retirement savings plans, like the Secure Choice Program being implemented here in California. Overturning this rule will be especially harmful to small businesses and employees that were looking forward to using Secure Choice.

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Posted May 8, 2017 at 10:11 AM
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SHOP plans in jeopardy under AHCA

Employee Benefit Adviser Online
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Healthcare

The tax credit “is one of the biggest selling points for SHOP. This would be harmful to small businesses overall, since many benefit from the tax credit and like to have extra enrollment options through SHOP,” says John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, an advocacy group for entrepreneurs. “We would much prefer to see the small business tax credit strengthened and streamlined, with more attention placed on the success of the SHOP marketplaces.”

Letter: Repeal will hurt small businesses

The Columbus Dispatch
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Healthcare

As a small-business owner, I am disappointed by the House’s passage of the American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA has been crucial to helping small business owners like me gain access to more comprehensive and affordable health coverage.

Under the ACA, rates in the small group market are finally starting to stabilize, and many small businesses have been able to receive tax credits for providing coverage. Additionally, the law has helped many would-be entrepreneurs, especially those with pre-existing conditions,...

Get Started: Bills that would affect small business advance

CNBC
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Healthcare

The health care bill, which would scuttle much of the Affordable Care Act enacted under the Obama administration, passed the House by a tight 217-213 vote and now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to undergo substantial revisions.

Small business advocacy groups are split over the bill. The National Federation of Independent Business and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauded the legislation, saying it would make health care more affordable. The Small Business Majority said the bill would limit the ability of small businesses and their employees to obtain insurance.

Congress Scraps Obama-Era Rule for State Retirement Plans

Junior College
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Retirement

"Striking down this rule will have a chilling effect on states that are establishing their own retirement savings programs, which in turn will harm small businesses and their employees", John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, an advocacy group for small business owners, said in a statement. States say the exemption would have let employers pass workers' money into plans without footing ERISA compliance costs.

House Passage of ACA Replacement Plan Devastating for Entrepreneurs

The Lund Report
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Healthcare

We are frustrated and disappointed that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act today, the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 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. What’s more, we know small businesses strongly support the current healthcare law and oppose the replacement.

Our scientific opinion polling found small businesses...

House passes bill to repeal Affordable Care Act

Chain Drug Review
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Healthcare

John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of the Small Business Majority, expressed frustration and disappointment with the vote.

“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,” he commented. “What’s more, we know small businesses strongly support the current health care law and oppose the replacement.”

Arensmeyer’s organization’s opinion polling found small businesses favor the Affordable...

Congress stops California from creating retirement plans for private sector workers

Central Valley Business Times
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Retirement

“Striking down this rule will have a chilling effect on states like California that are establishing their own retirement savings programs, which in turn will harm California’s small businesses and employees,” says Mark Herbert, California director of Small Business Majority.

He says most small businesses lack the resources to set up an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Mr. Herbert says two-thirds of the 7.5 million Californians who don’t have access to employer-sponsored retirement plans work for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

Rep. McNerney Introduces Small Business Legislation To Boost Job Opportunities

Public Now
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Job Creation

'Congressman McNerney's re-introduction of the Small Business Relief and Job Creation Act is good news for small businesses. Legislation that incentivizes small employers to grow their businesses and create jobs will help strengthen our economy and move us further down the path to recovery. What's more, this bill encourages small employers to hire workers who were previously unemployed, which will lower our unemployment rate, put more money in the pockets of consumers and bolster small employers' bottom lines.'

Congress votes to block California’s retirement-savings plan for private-sector workers

San Jose Mercury News
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Retirement

Mark Herbert, California Director of Small Business Majority, said only 14 percent of small businesses offer retirement plans.

“Striking down this rule will have a chilling effect on states like California that are establishing their own retirement savings programs,” Herbert said, “which in turn will harm California’s small businesses and employees.”

A single Senate vote makes it to harder for states to offer retirement plans to neglected workers

Yahoo! Finance Canada
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Retirement

In a 50-49 vote, the U.S. Senate repealed Labor Department rules from the Obama administration that would have made it easier for states to offer retirement plans to private-sector employees who don't have those benefits at work.

Trade groups from the financial services industry supported the measure while consumer advocates worried that it will be harder to help the roughly 55 million employees who don't have access to a workplace retirement plan.

"Striking down this rule will have a chilling effect on states that are establishing their own retirement savings...

Congress shouldn't retire a rule that will help Illinois small businesses save for the future

Chicago Patch
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Retirement

The Senate is expected to vote as early as this week to overturn a Department of Labor rule that makes it easier for states to establish retirement savings plans, like the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program being implemented here in Illinois. Striking down this rule would have a chilling effect on Illinois’ Secure Choice Program, and would be especially harmful to small businesses and their employees who are looking forward to taking advantage of this program.

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