Did you know that as a small business owner you pay the most for your health care coverage? According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), you pay higher premiums for single coverage than any other firm size group – about $30 more per month than other firms. I know I don’t look forward to that annual letter telling me how much my health care is increasing.
There may be an answer on the horizon though. In the works this legislative sessions is a bill that would make small business health plans (AHP) available. Small business health plans would make it possible for small businesses to negotiate the kind of group discounts that big business and big labor take for granted. NFIB is working hard to level the playing field and pass legislation giving you that right. You can find out more about AHPs by clicking here.
It makes good sense that attention is finally being paid to this issue. Health care is the No. 1 issue for small-business owners, according to the sixth edition of Small Business Problems and Priorities.
So what can you do? Take some action!
Tell Congress that you need Small-Business Health Plans (or AHPs) for more accessible and affordable health care. Write or visit your lawmaker. You can find out who that is by clicking here.
And don’t forget to sign NFIB’s petition urging the Senate to act on AHPs.