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Update on SHOP Marketplaces for Small Businesses

July 2, 2015 Posted by The Mission Center - No Comments

By Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplaces

When people think about the Affordable Care Act, they often picture the 10.2 million Americans who now have the health and financial security that come with having access to quality and affordable coverage through the individual Health Insurance Marketplace. What some may forget is that the Affordable Care Act is also helping our nation’s small businesses provide health coverage to their employees.

Prior to the Affordable Care Act, small business owners struggled to keep up with the ever-rising cost of health insurance for themselves and their employees. Historically, small businesses have been charged 10 to 18 percent more for the same benefits compared to large employers, and were often presented with a limited number of choices to offer employees. Small businesses employing women, workers with a high-cost illness or injury, or employees with pre-existing conditions faced even higher insurance rates, making it all the more difficult to provide access to coverage. Meanwhile, larger companies that have hundreds or even thousands of employees benefited from the ability to use their size to get a better deal for their workers.  Read more…