It’s difficult for small businesses to offer health care coverage benefits because most don’t have a large pool of employees that would allow them to consolidate costs, making them less competitive with larger corporations. Against the wishes of small business owners, provisions for a small business benefits pool were cut out of MNSure legislation when it was enacted. Now there is other legislation being considered that would help relieve small businesses of this inequity.
The high cost of health care is creating an increasing strain on businesses, families, and our state budget. We need to strengthen and improve the Affordable Care Act for individuals and small businesses.
We support legislation to allow individuals and small businesses to buy into MinnesotaCare as an additional, public health insurance option.
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