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Valley Public Radio Staff
Tue June 12, 2012
Survey Sheds Light On What California Small Businesses Want from New Health Market
A new survey sheds light on what small businesses in California want out of the new health insurance market starting in 2014.
Only a little more than a third of California small businesses currently provide some health benefits in their workplace. But that number could go up to 44 percent when a new health marketplace is up and running.
That’s according to a poll commissioned by the Small Business Majority and Kaiser Permanente.
John Arensmeyer of the Small Business Majority says the poll shows small companies want the same health options big ones have.
“They want the ability for their employees to be able to choose what plans they buy on the exchange, they want supplemental programs that the exchange may offer, such as prevention and wellness programs, and finally they want access to the tax credits.
But the survey shows very few small California businesses are using the tax credits already available under the Affordable Care Act.
Another business group, the National Federation of Independent Business is part of the effort to repeal the federal health law.