health insurance

National Survey Shows Rising Costs of Healthcare including Prescription Drugs are Major Concern for Small Businesses and Have Slowed Their Growth 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Conan Knoll conan@emccommunications.com (831) 524-6764  Nearly half of small business owners say their healthcare costs have increased substantially over the last four years. Sixty-six percent say the prescription drug market is not working and is in need of a major overhaul, and more than a third of small…

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Now Through December 15. Act Now!

Health insurance enrollment is now open for small business owners and their employees through the ACA Marketplace. If your business doesn’t offer health insurance to employees, it is time to make sure they have the coverage that they need to be healthy and productive.  This enrollment window closes December 15th.…

Announcing: Health Insurance Tele-Town Hall & ASBC Business Summit

Tele-Town Hall Invitation:  Small Business Owners and Health Care Costs September 12th @ 2:30ET You are invited to join Public Private Strategies for a lively online discussion on Thursday, September 12 at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT. We’re talking about new research, supported by the Commonwealth Fund, conducted into how health care costs…

Medicaid Expansion Testimony, Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee

S.C. Senate Medical Affairs Affordable Care Act Subcommittee Prepared remarks Frank Knapp Jr. President & CEO, South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce ——————————————————————————————— Senators, I want to report a hijacking. Today we are told by Mr. Haislmaier (Heritage Foundation) that the issue of whether South Carolina should expand Medicaid…

BlueCross sued for collusion

Powerhouse law firm takes on NC insurance company and other ‘Blue’ plans nationwide By AMES ALEXANDER and JOSEPH NEFFThe State, Saturday, Feb. 09, 2013 CHARLOTTE — A major lawsuit filed against BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina has generated a flurry of class-action cases that, if successful, could result in lower health…

Commentary: Small-business owners say the future looks bleak if health care law overturned

The Washington PostApril 1, 2012 By Jamal Lee Last week, the nation’s attention was riveted to the Supreme Court, where oral arguments were being made over the constitutionality of the health care reform law, also known as the Affordable Care Act. Pundits have been making one prediction after another as…

Medicaid feeds economy

Today the South Carolina House of Representatives begins debating the 2011-12 state budget. One important issue will be how to address Medicaid funding—reduce state funding and thus lose up to hundreds of millions in federal dollars or adopt a plan by the hospitals for them to pay extra into the…

The newly thankful for health insurance

There are thousands and thousands of employees across the country who have something to be very thankful for this Thanksgiving—new employer sponsored health insurance. According to Bernstein Research there has been a 14 percent increase in businesses with fewer than 10 employees offering health insurance to their workers compared to…

Anticompetitive health insurance practices

One of the most popular parts of the new federal health care law is the establishment of the state insurance exchanges—large pools of customers for which insurance companies would compete to sign up for health insurance. Leveraging large numbers of customers to drive down insurance premiums is a concept loved…