Small Business Health Plans -- An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Jun 27, 2017 8:27:57 AM

Another health care debate is raging in Washington. It's been tough going for efforts to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. No surprise there. Health care debates are always impassioned and complicated. Policy makers have been trying to figure out how to provide affordable, quality health care to Americans for decades, and many of the ideas for how to fix the system resurface time and time again. For years, small business groups have suggested a reform that could help them afford better coverage for their employees, but have run into roadblocks. Is it possible they'll find a path to success this time around?

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Topics: small business, federal policy, health benefits, associations

Health Care Trends for Small Businesses -- What Does 2017 Hold?

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Aug 16, 2016 8:54:21 AM

The challenge of providing health care coverage to employees is not new for small businesses. Small employers typically face higher health care costs (8-18% higher than large employers), volatile premiums, and more administrative effort to provide this important benefit. Since enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, small employers have also had to adapt to the roll out of changes in federal health benefit rules, coverage options, and reporting requirements.  So, how are small businesses faring and what can they expect in 2017?

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Topics: small business, federal policy, health benefits

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FocusData: TECHPol is a blog on technology and business policy issues affecting small and mid-sized companies.  TECHPol’s primary author, Lori Salley Ring, spent 20-plus years working on Capitol Hill, including as the top staffer on the House Committee on Small Business.  FDS is an IT consulting firm providing managed services, office tech relocation, network security, and IT support for businesses in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area.

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Lori Salley Ring

Lori Salley Ring

Lori serves as Policy Advisor and Communications Specialist for Focus Data Solutions.  Lori spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Congress, including as Chief of Staff to a member of the House leadership and as the Staff Director for the Committee on Small Business.  Lori also ran a Washington-based non-profit organization between stints working for the Federal government. 

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