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  • Self-employed who are ineligible for Affordable Care Act worry about costs (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

    Feb 05, 2016

    George Banyas is self-employed, having run a successful optometry business in Richland for the past 15 years. He and his wife have two children, both in their early 20s and attending college. ​While his business has afforded his family a stable living, it also has left him ineligible for a health insurance subsidy under the Affordable Care Act. And Mr. Banyas is increasingly worried about the rising cost of insuring his family of four. The Affordable Care Act, he said, is looking increasingly unaffordable for him.

  • Current Legislation Regarding Small Business Healthcare Premium Reimbursement (Zane Benefits)

    Dec 23, 2015

    Employee retention is perhaps one of the biggest challenges many businesses face today, and often keeping your best employees is about more than just paying them well. Many people are also looking to their employers for affordable healthcare coverage, but for small business owners the cost of offering group health insurance can be crippling. Rather than risk losing your employees to competitors who offer benefits, many companies allow employees to go out and shop for individual insurance plans, then provide reimbursement to help cover the monthly premiums and other health care costs.

  • Area Small Business Saturday Supporters Ramp Up To Get Share of Holiday Shoppers (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

    Nov 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Two years ago Carl Baldesare was sitting on a patio outside of a relatively quiet local bakery in Cleveland Heights, watching a steady flow of foot traffic at a nearby national chain bagel shop. Impulsively, he walked down the street and started asking customers why they didn't check out the local bakery and café instead.

  • Has DC Health Link Unleashed an Entrepreneurial Spirit in District Residents? (Washington City Paper)

    Oct 23, 2015

    After seven years at the same job, Alka Pateriya had begun to think about striking out on her own as an independent consultant. But it wasn’t until late 2013—by which point she’d been working at the research company Westat for nearly nine years—that she began making moves.

  • Freelancers Make More Money and Are Just Better People (Streetwise)

    Oct 20, 2015

    Freelancers say they are making more money than their office-job counterparts, according to a new report. The survey results may only tell part of the story, but even if freelancers who work from home are making less than their full-time counterparts, they appear to be getting something else that full-time workers don't: Freelancers are more positive and they say they're more likely to vote.

  • Q&A with Katie Wonnenberg of the NASE (CQ Roll Call)

    Sep 25, 2015

    As vice president for government relations and public affairs at the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), Katie Wonnenberg leads the association’s federal advocacy and communication strategy in representing the 23 million self-employed and micro-businesses across the country. In today’s Q&A, she discusses key advocacy strategies she’s employed at NASE, including how best to keep members motivated when it seems like nothing is happening on Capitol Hill.

  • Self-Employment in the U.S. (C-SPAN)

    Sep 08, 2015

    NASE's President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Hall sat down with C-SPAN to talk about policy issues affecting self-employed workers in the U.S.

  • NASE Op-Ed: Ensuring the Healthcare System Works for All

    Aug 12, 2015

    The United States Supreme Court’s recent, historic decision in King v. Burwell, upholding the right of federal premium assistance, guaranteed millions of Americans the right to keep their healthcare. Last month’s ruling, along with the previous 2012 Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, was a profound victory for the ideal that healthcare should be a right of all Americans – rich or poor, individual or small business owner. These decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court mark the existence – and importance -- of the nation’s new healthcare system by keeping the law in tact and establishing a precedent for future debates regarding healthcare in America.

  • Katie Vlietstra on Policies Affecting the Self-Employed (C-SPAN)

    Jul 13, 2015

    NASE's Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs Katie Vlietstra featured on C-SPAN.

  • Leading Advocate for the Self-Employed Community Releases Tax Filing Tips (The Network Journal)

    Apr 06, 2015

    The April 15th tax filing deadline is around the corner, but small business owners and self-employed workers still have some time to read up on last minute tax tips and learn about the most forgotten deductions for the self-employed community. Today, spoke to Keith Hall, president and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), to bring you advice on filing for your micro-business.

  • Last Minute Tax Advice for the Self-Employed (Fox Business)

    Apr 03, 2015

    Every tax paying American knows April 15 is the deadline to file your federal income tax return, but do you know about this year’s tax code changes that can have a big effect on your 2014 tax return and your wallet?

  • Obama administration delays another health care rule for small businesses (Washington Post)

    Feb 19, 2015

    In the latest in a long string of delays in enforcing the rules under the health care overhaul, the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department announced on Wednesday that they will wait until summer to start enforcing financial penalties on small businesses that provide so-called Health Reimbursement Arrangements to their employees.

  • Treasury Delays Enforcement of Standalone Health Reimbursement Arrangement Ban (Accounting Today)

    Feb 18, 2015

    The Treasury Department said Wednesday that it would delay enforcement of an Affordable Care Act prohibition relating to standalone health reimbursement arrangements until July 1. A standalone HRA is an employer-provided benefit that offers participants a spending account to reimburse them for qualified medical expenses. However, in light of the ACA’s ban against health plans with an annual dollar limit on essential benefits, standalone HRAs have been deemed impermissible.

  • Tax Outlook, A Narrow Window, Little Consensus Suggest Status Quo in Tax Policy (DTN The Progressive Farmer)

    Feb 06, 2015

    Tax reform is the Holy Grail of Capitol Hill. It's practically unattainable, but that doesn't keep a lot of people from searching for it. Politicians are talking about tax reform again this year in Washington. That talk, however, largely has been past each other. President Barack Obama suggested some changes that were immediately derided, while Congressional leaders offered other reform possibilities that the president's team disdains.

  • Survey: Majority of small business owners want to decrease their current health care premiums (NJ Biz)

    Feb 02, 2015

    The majority of small business owners responding to a new survey by the National Association for the Self-Employed ranked “decreasing monthly premiums” as the major thing they would change about their current health care plan.