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Health Care Reform and Small Businesses

Feb 10, 2009

Posted by Molly Nelson - The House Committee on Small Business recently held a hearing on health care reform proposals and their effect on small businesses.  Among a panel of witnesses was the NASE's own Senior Health Advisor, Mike Beene. 

Beene testified that many of the self-employed are scaling back health coverage or dropping coverage completely in order to keep their business open or pay for basic needs like their home and utilities. 

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Even though he was battling a cold, Mike made sure that the Committee heard the NASE's recommendations on how to make health care more affordable for micro-businesses.  The NASE's proposals for increasing affordability included: a self-employment tax deduction on health insurance, allowing access to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) for the self-employed, and the introduction of health tax credits. 

To watch Mike's testimony before the Committee, click here.
Read the NASE's press release on Mike's testimony here.