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Changes to Healthcare System Must Address Needs of Women Entrepreneurs

Thursday, February 16, 2017  
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For Immediate Release: Feb. 16, 2017

Contact:

Erin Musgrave
erin@emcstrategies.com
(530) 864-7014

 

Changes to Healthcare System Must Address Needs of Women Entrepreneurs  

 

Statement by Women Impacting Public Policy President Jane Campbell regarding efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the House Small Business Committee’s Hearing on the Future of Healthcare

 

As Congress debates the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) we urge members to improve the law rather than dispose of it. If Congress does move forward with efforts to repeal the ACA, they must have a workable replacement ready that includes a small group market giving women small businesses a choice of plans at an affordable price.

 

As we make clear in testimony submitted Wednesday to the House Small Business Committee, prior to the ACA, women small business owners experienced limited, volatile or sometimes non-existent options for healthcare coverage. The ACA changed that by establishing insurance marketplaces where small businesses can band together to buy insurance. Ensuring there is a strong small business health insurance marketplace should not be a partisan issue—small business owners employ too many Americans to leave these important decisions to partisanship.

 

Congress should address the cost of coverage, so health insurance does not become a luxury for small businesses rather than an expected benefit. One solution is the speedy implementation of Health Reimbursement Arrangements. Additionally, in the interest of simplifying compliance and encouraging employers to hire as many full-time workers as possible, we recommend Congress change the definition of a full-time employee from 30 hours a week to 40.

 

Prior to the ACA, 60 percent of all uninsured Americans were employed by a small business or were a dependent of someone employed by a small business. Today, nearly half of all small firms provide health insurance to more than 80 percent of their workers. It would be a travesty to return to the challenges of obtaining insurance in the past.”

 

To read the full testimony, visit https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/wipp.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/healthcare/WIPP_House_Small_Biz_Committ.pdf

 

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About WIPP

The Voice for Women in Business in our Nation's Capital, Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc (WIPP) is a national nonpartisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women business owners in the legislative processes of our nation, creating economic opportunities and building bridges and alliances to other small business organizations. Through WIPP, our collective voice makes a powerful impact on Capitol Hill and with the Administration. In 2016, WIPP partnered with the National Development Council (NDC) to provide support for WIPP’s coalition activities. In her role as Director of the NDC Washington office, Jane Campbell also serves as President of WIPP. www.WIPP.org


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