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  • Committee Examines Effects of Obamacare’s Business Aggregation Rules
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The House Small Business Committee today examined the health care law’s application of the business aggregation rules and the concerns they raise for small businesses. The health care law requires businesses that employ 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees to offer health insurance to their full-time employees. One critical issue is the definition of “employee,” while an equally important issue is determining which employees are attributed to the business. The answer may be sim... Read more

  • One more Obamacare headache for small businesss
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 3, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    One more Obamacare headache for small businesss By Chairman Sam Graves Last Wednesday, while most of America was on the way to grandma's house for Thanksgiving, the White House announced more bad news regarding the health law's rollout. The Obama administration announced yet another delay — this time for online enrollment for small businesses hoping to purchase health coverage through federal-run exchanges called the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOPs. Earlier this year, a nonparti... Read more

  • Collins Subcommittee Examines The Benefits of Self-Insurance In An Uncertain Health Care Environment
    Posted in Press Releases on November 14, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, under the chairmanship of Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), today held a hearing about health care self-insurance plans, and how their potential benefits may better suit small businesses than fully-insured plans. Self-insuring is when an employer assumes all or a portion of the costs and risks associated with sponsoring their company’s health care benefits plan. Because the health care law exempts self-insured plans from several of its require... Read more

  • ObamaCare Rollout and Cost Creating More Uncertainty For Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on October 24, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The rollout of the president’s health law has been riddled with many delays, mistakes and problems. A June GAO report, requested by House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves, specifically stated the Small Business Health Option Program’s (SHOPs) implementation delays and missed deadlines showed potential for ‘implementation challenges going forward,’ yet the Obama administration decided to move forward anyway. Even though online enrollment for the SHOPs has been delayed until November 1... Read more

  • Apps Developers Say Interoperability, FDA's Guidance Key Concerns for Industry
    Posted in Articles on June 27, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Bloomberg BNA By Kendra Casey Plank (BNA) -- House Subcommittee Hearing on Mobile Medical Apps Key Point: Health IT vendors are not voluntarily adopting common interoperabilty standards. Chief Concern: Vendors are awaiting final guidance from FDA on mobile medical apps oversight. The health care technology industry is not lacking interoperability standards for health information and medical record systems, but vendors have no incentive to agree on common standards for their products, a panel of ... Read more

  • Health-Insurance Exchanges Are Falling Behind Schedule
    Posted in Articles on June 19, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Health-Insurance Exchanges Are Falling Behind Schedule By Louise Radnofsky and Sarah E. Needleman June 19, 2013 Government officials have missed several deadlines in setting up new health-insurance exchanges for small businesses and consumers—a key part of the federal health overhaul—and there is a risk they won't be ready to open on time in October, Congress's watchdog arm said. The Government Accountability Office said federal and state health officials still have major work to complete, offe... Read more

  • GAO Confirms Obamacare Implementation Behind Schedule, Facing Challenges
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released two new reports today confirming the Obama Administration is ill-equipped for the implementation of the federally facilitated health insurance and the Small Business Health Option Program (SHOP) exchanges created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The reports state the programs’ implementation delays and missed deadlines show potential for “implementation challenges going forward.” House Small Business Committee Chair... Read more

  • Graves in FoxNews.com: A Train Wreck for Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 26, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    A Train Wreck for Small Businesses By Chairman Sam Graves The health care law is “the most disruptive instrument to the American workplace in my lifetime.” That’s the perspective of Richmond businessman William J. Goldin, Jr., president of family-owned Strange’s Florists, Greenhouses and Garden Centers since 1978, who testified before the Small Business Committee last week. Even proponents of the controversial health care law are now worried, as the predictable problems become a reality. Senate... Read more

  • Hearing Highlights Small Business Challenges in Complying with the Health Care Law
    Posted in Press Releases on April 17, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Workplace Issues

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing on the strain that complying with the complicated health care law places on small business. In the hearing, titled The Health Care Law: Implementation and Small Businesses, Committee Members took a closer look at the effects of the law on the businesses that have the fewest resources to handle the compliance burden. The committee heard testimony on the costs and paperwork requirements of th... Read more

  • Graves Challenges HHS On Small Business Health Options Program
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about its proposed rule to delay the implementation of the employee choice options under the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOPs). Under the proposed rule, small employers wouldn’t be able to select a benefit level on federal exchanges, but would be limited to offering a single plan for their employees, severely limiting the bre... Read more