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Washington Watch - May 23, 2014

D.C. Implements 1% Tax on all Health Care Carriers

Earlier this month the D.C. City Council’s unanimous supported PR20-0744 – Health Benefit Exchange Authority Financial Sustainability Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2014, enacting a 1% tax on all health-insurance carriers with gross receipts of $50,000 or more within the District of Columbia.

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the NASE has proactively engaged in its implementation in order to ensure our members – and the millions of self-employed and micro-businesses nationwide -- have access to comprehensive and affordable health care coverage. However we believe the decision by the D.C. City Council is counter-productive and ultimately hurts those individuals who would benefit the most from being able to access comprehensive and affordable health care coverage.

The NASE supports the pro-active nature of the Council to be good stewards of the District’s fiscal health while balancing the commitment to the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority, however, the NASE will hopes that the D.C. City Council will engage in a thoughtful process to address our concerns and ensure that no business owner is unfairly taxed out of operating within the District of Columbia.

Memorial Day Recess

Both the Senate and House are adjourned through Wednesday, May 28th.

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