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  • The Hill: GOP-led committee releases guides for implementing health law
    Posted in Articles on December 6, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The Hill: GOP-led committee releases guides for implementing health law By Elise Viebeck The House Small Business Committee is releasing documents to help businesspeople comply with President Obama's healthcare law. The panel's Republican leader, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), said his team is dedicated to helping small businesses meet requirements that will take effect in 2013 and 2014. "The healthcare law has been a drain on private sector job creation, but our committee will strive to help America’... Read more

  • Despite Overwhelming Negative Feedback, Obama’s Small Business Chief Unaware of Small Businesses Struggling With Obamacare
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on November 26, 2012 | Preview rr
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    Despite Overwhelming Negative Feedback, Obama’s Small Business Chief Unaware of Small Businesses Struggling With Obamacare SBA Administrator Says She Hasn’t Heard Of Any Small Firms Who Strain To Comply With Obamacare Requirements Last week, President Obama’s head of the Small Business Administration, Karen Mil that she was unaware that small firms are struggling with Obamacare requirements. When the host described the feedback he’s received from small businesses who are cutting hours and servi... Read more

  • CQ: After Five Months & No Reply From Sebelius, Small Business Panel Complains
    Posted in Articles on November 13, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    CQ: After Five Months and No Reply From Sebelius on IT-Related Inquiry, Small Business Panel Complains November 13, 2012 By John Reichard The head of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Technology says it’s been five months since she asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about federal efforts to protect against injuries from faulty health information technology, and she still has not received a response. In a letter to Sebelius obtained by CQ HealthBeat, the chairwoman, North Carolina Repu... Read more

  • Subcommittee Examines Declining Number of Small Practice Physicians and Whether ObamaCare Accelerates the Trend
    Posted in Press Releases on July 19, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations, under the chairmanship of Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), held a hearing on the reasons for a changing health care industry that is seeing more doctors leave small practices to join larger medical practices or hospitals. “It has become expensive and burdensome to run a small medical practice and many doctors are opting for larger health arrangements,” said Chairman Coffman. “As Washington considers implementation of the heal... Read more

  • Graves: We’re Exhausting All Measures to Remove This Law, Because It’s a Barrier to Job Growth
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement after voting for the Repeal of Obamacare Act (H.R. 6079): “The President’s health care law is making it harder for small businesses to hire. The Democrats claimed the small business health care tax credit would help small firms deal with the burdensome requirements of the law, but a recent GAO report found that it has been grossly ineffective. Despite an aggressive outreach effort from the White House,... Read more

  • Graves Disagrees with Supreme Court’s ObamaCare Ruling, Writes Letter to President Obama
    Posted in Press Releases on June 28, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling of the constitutionality of the health care law: “The health care law is a great burden for small businesses, and our economy as a whole, at a time when we try to rebound from a recession. This law has been a strain on the private sector, contributing to an unemployment rate that has been at least 8 percent for 40 consecutive months. Although the President himself promoted... Read more

  • Ellmers Requests Update From Sebellius on Health IT Safety Concerns
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Technology

    House Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology Chairwoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) today sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), inquiring about whether the Department has adopted the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommendations for improving the safety of health information technology (IT). The report, issued in November, recommended several steps to be taken by HHS and called for greater oversight by the public and private sectors. The IOM... Read more

  • Associated Press: Obama's Health Care Aid to Small Firms Disappoints
    Posted in Articles on May 30, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Oversight

    Obama's Health Care Aid to Small Firms Disappoints By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar It seemed like a good idea at the time. But a health insurance tax credit for small businesses, part of President Barack Obama's health care law that gets strong support in public opinion polls, has turned out to be a disappointment. Time-consuming to apply for and lacking enough financial reward to make it attractive, the credit was claimed by only 170,300 businesses out of a pool of as many as 4 million potentially ... Read more

  • Graves, Snowe Request GAO Study on Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, Report Proves Ineffectiveness
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Ranking Member Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) today issued the following statement on a GAO report they requested, which shows the ineffectiveness of the health care tax credit for small businesses: “As we honor America’s small firms during National Small Business Week, it is discouraging that so many small companies are still burdened by compliance with the health care law,” said Congress... Read more

  • What Small Businesses Are Saying on the Second Birthday of ObamaCare
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Don’t expect any champagne corks to be popped anytime soon. American small business owners have been loud and clear about their displeasure with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the onslaught of employer mandates and taxes associated with it. Our Committee has held three hearings on how PPACA is affecting small businesses. Here is what we heard: Matt Tynan, Secretary and Treasurer of Tynan’s VW, Nissan, Kia in Aurora, Colo., said,“Instead of trying to do the best by our... Read more