The High Cost of Small Business Health Insurance: Limited Options, Limited Coverage

Testimony

The High Cost of Small Business Health Insurance: Limited Options, Limited Coverage

Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations United States House of Representatives
October 20, 2009

Abstract

Small employers and their workers face an assortment of barriers to obtaining health insurance coverage. These include high administrative costs, limited ability to spread health care risk, and a low-wage workforce. These issues have led to low rates of coverage offers by small employers and high rates of uninsurance among their workers. An insurance exchange, such as the one proposed in H.R. 3200, would spread health care risk and reduce administrative costs. The financial assistance provided to the low-income under the bill would benefit many small-firm workers. As such, the bill would significantly increase coverage among workers of small employers.

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