Effect of health care bill on small business

The health care reform bill that recently became law continues to be bashed by most Republicans. Just what would it mean in Utah, though? On KVNU’s For the People program Thursday, Jessica Kendrick of Utah Health Policy Project said her non-profit statewide organization tries to educate small businesses, patients and consumers about health care reform as it effects the state. Kendrick explained what the new plan would mean for small businesses.”Right off the bat our small businesses are going to be getting tax credits effective beginning calendar year 2010, so even retroactive, for up to 35% of the premiums that they pay,” she explained. “We know that small businesses who do offer coverage are struggling to do that. “They have double digit increases in their premiums every year which is just not sustainable. Right off the bat they’re going to get a little bit of relief.”She says, down the road, there are more provisions specifically for small businesses to help lower costs, give them the same competitive advantages large businesses have and give them more choices. She says the goal of her organization is to make sure health care reform helps those who need it the most.

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