New Health Insurance Options for Small Businesses

Among the more than 1 million New Yorkers who are expected to gain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act after 2014, more than 450,000 will enroll via their employers through the small business marketplace. In addition, 81 percent of small businesses in New York State are eligible for tax credits under the health care reform law to help pay their premium costs—some 285,000 firms. 

The Community Service Society launched the Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP), a network of organizations across New York State, to help small businesses get affordable health insurance and navigate health care reform.

SBAP offers assistance to small businesses in every region of the state through group presentations and one-on-one consultations on issues such as:

  •     Small Business Health Care Tax Credit
  •     What’s in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for small businesses
  •     How to find subsidized and commercial health insurance
  •     How to understand health insurance products and tax-advantaged medical savings accounts, like Health Savings Accounts
  •     NY State of Health – The Official Health Plan Marketplace
  •     How to understand and comment upon proposed insurance rate increases under New York’s Prior Approval law
  •     Employers’ rights and responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act

Visit the new Small Business Assistance Program website for more information. 

Small Business Assistance Program

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