Small Businesses Begin Dropping Employee Health Insurance

Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 01:29 PM

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The government estimates millions of workers will be dropped from their employee insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act — and it's already happening for some, CBS News reports.

New Hampshire small business owner Nancy Clark, who was featured last year in a White House video blog, learned last month that her insurer will hike rates by 39 percent starting next year. This will mean $30,000 in costs to her, according to CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson.

So Clark will end the insurance she offers to her eight employees in favor of Obamacare, but that process has been hit by technical glitches.

Attkinsson also reports that Virginia Beach business owner Betsy Atkinson is cancelling company insurance because her plan won't meet new the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and she can't afford one that does.

Small businesses don't have to supply insurance and may find new policies too costly.
Several experts told Fox News that nearly 80 million people with employer health plans could see their coverage canceled because they are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act.

In addition to the individual cancellations, "at least half the people on employer plans would by 2014 start losing plans as well," Stan Veuger of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, told Fox.

An analysis by the American Enterprise Institute anticipates half to two-thirds of small businesses would have policies canceled or be compelled to send workers onto the Affordable Care Act exchanges, according to Fox.

They predicted up to 100 million small and large business policies could be canceled next year.

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