Realizing health reform's potential: small businesses and the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Sara R. Collins, Karen Davis, Jennifer L. Nicholson, Kristof Stremikis

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes several short- and long-term provisions designed to help small businesses pay for and maintain health insurance for their workers, and to allow workers without employer coverage to gain access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance. Provisions include a small business tax credit to offset premium costs for firms that offer coverage starting this taxable year, establishment of state-based insurance exchanges that promise to lower administrative costs and pool risk more broadly, and creation of new market rules and an essential benefit standard to protect small firms and their workers. Analysis shows that up to 16.6 million workers are in firms that would be eligible for the tax credit in 2010 to 2013. Over the next 10 years, small businesses and organizations could receive an estimated $40 billion in federal support through the premium credit program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalIssue brief (Commonwealth Fund)
Volume97
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Small Business
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
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Major Medical Insurance
Health
Costs and Cost Analysis
Health Insurance
Insurance
Organizations

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Realizing health reform's potential : small businesses and the Affordable Care Act of 2010. / Collins, Sara R.; Davis, Karen; Nicholson, Jennifer L.; Stremikis, Kristof.

In: Issue brief (Commonwealth Fund), Vol. 97, 09.2010, p. 1-18.

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Collins, Sara R. ; Davis, Karen ; Nicholson, Jennifer L. ; Stremikis, Kristof. / Realizing health reform's potential : small businesses and the Affordable Care Act of 2010. In: Issue brief (Commonwealth Fund). 2010 ; Vol. 97. pp. 1-18.
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