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Going Forward: Obamacare and MA Small Businesses

Aline Travers and Denise Moran of HCFA providing information about health care options to small businesses and individuals at the BRAZIL EXPO USA in September. Courtesy: HCFA
Aline Travers and Denise Moran of HCFA providing information about health care options to small businesses and individuals at the BRAZIL EXPO USA in September. Courtesy: HCFA
November 14, 2012

BOSTON - In the wake of President Obama's re-election, the signature achievement of his first term is safe from threats of repeal. The Affordable Care Act, validated earlier this year by the Supreme Court, brings reform to the Bay State, which already is out in front of the nation, having passed its own reforms six years ago.

One Obamacare provision is for tax credits for small businesses that provide plans for their employees. Amy Whitcomb-Slemmer, executive director of Healthcare for All, says her group is making an effort to help small-business operators get up to speed and acquaint themselves with the advantages.

"It is absolutely the right thing to do. One of the benefits of Obamacare is that there are some cost offsets to make it more affordable for small business owners."

She disputes the notion put forth by some critics that overall costs will rise. She predicts just the opposite will occur – while at the same time, many Massachusetts residents who previously couldn't access health insurance and preventive care will now be able to.

Whitcomb-Slemmer says the ACA will bring federal dollars to the Bay State that will offset costs and enable health education and outreach efforts.

"It's incredibly important that we expand our education efforts. So, Healthcare for All is spending time reaching out to small and micro-businesses across Massachusetts to help them understand what benefits are actually available for them."

She says seniors will see an important impact of Obamacare.

"We think there's about an average savings for seniors of almost $590 a year, which is significant for folks on a fixed income."

She says some 50,000 Massachusetts residents who are single with incomes at or below about $44,000 a year should get sliding-scale subsidies to help them afford insurance.

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - MA