Helping Small Business With Healthcare

April 15, 2019

Our state’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy. They offer jobs, economic growth and highlight the best Connecticut has to offer. As your state representative, I believe we can do more to better support our small business owners and employees here in Connecticut.

You shouldn’t have to make a choice between growing your business and having healthcare, but sadly, with limited affordable options many have to make that choice. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, less than half of small businesses in Connecticut offer health insurance.

In an effort to support individuals who own or work for a small business here in Connecticut, the Legislature is reviewing legislation proposed by Comptroller Kevin Lembo, HB 7267, An Act Concerning Public Options for Health Care in Connecticut. If passed, the bill would allow the state negotiating power to expand the state employee health plan to small businesses (fewer than 50 employees).

Larger buying power and a bigger risk pool cuts costs for employers and employees looking for quality healthcare.

The bill was voted out of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, but will need to clear the Appropriations Committee before moving towards a vote on the House Floor.