This is a organization that was referred to me by friend & colleague, Paul Linzmeyer. I looked through their website and found it to be a good source of information that is as free of bias as most I have seen. I subscribed to the newsletter and today I bring you some snippets from the 9/23/10 issue. Yes, it is 2 weeks old … it was a busy month!!
The group is called the Small Business Majority and their tagline is: Small Businesses Driving Practical Policy. I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready for a return to reasonableness and calm, well-thought out conversation. This group hits those notes for me. I hope you find it of interest as well.
Please let me hear what you think!
Healthcare reform: six months later
Six months ago, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed. A number of provisions take effect today (9/23), including new rules forbidding insurance companies from denying coverage to children under 19 with preexisting conditions, and the requirement that all insurance plans must provide free preventive care such as annual check-ups, mammograms and colonoscopies. Policies that already took effect this year include tax credits for small businesses, along with a reinsurance plan for seniors that will provide them with much-needed financial relief so early retirees can get affordable care.
Small Business Majority has spent the summer educating small business owners, organizations and policymakers about the new law, and moving into fall, plans on continuing an information campaign about this important and complex legislation. Most recently, Small Business Majority National Policy Director Terry Gardiner and National Outreach and Government Affairs Manager Rhett Buttle held a call for small business owners and organizations, where they answered questions on and explained the details of a form released by the IRS to help small businesses determine their tax credits for next year’s tax returns.
From their newsletter, links to articles of interest:
Tax credit bonanza for small businesses from CNN Money on 9/22/10
Lightening the Health Care Load for Small Businesses from The New York Times on 9/17/10
Report: Massachusetts deprived of 40k green jobs from the Boston Business Journal on 9/14/10
What You Need to Know About the Small-Business Bill from Entrepreneur on 9/13/10 (yes, this bill has come up a lot lately!)
Tax credit for health premiums target small firms from The Chicago Tribune on 8/16/10
From their “Resources” section:
A report by the Commonwealth Fund, released on Sept. 2, found that the small business tax credits will reduce health insurance premiums, and the exchange, once implemented, will expand coverage for millions of workers employed by small businesses.
The Kaiser Family Foundation just revealed the impact of increasing healthcare costs on small business owners and their employees in a recent survey.
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