Exploring Options Under the Affordable Care Act

    With the implementation of additional sections of the Affordable Care Act now less than six months away, it’s a good time for booksellers to start considering their insurance options under the new health care law. Here is a look at some recent developments with helpful links.

    Healthcare Reform Webinar Next Tuesday: Register Today

    The Affordable Care Act and how it will affect indie bookstores will be the focus of a free healthcare reform webinar hosted by the Small Business Majority and ABA on next Tuesday, March 26, at 2:30 p.m. EDT.  Registration for the webinar is required.

    ABA to Co-Host Healthcare Reform Webinar

    Registration is now open to ABA member booksellers for a free March 26 webinar “Your Bottom Line: What Healthcare Reform Means for Your Small Business,” presented by ABA and the Small Business Majority.

    A Reminder About Healthcare Tax Credits

    As tax season approaches, it is important to remember that the Affordable Care Act includes small business tax credits that could help your business.

    Senate Approves Repeal of Expanded 1099 Reporting Requirement

    On Tuesday, April 5, the Senate voted 87 – 12 to fully repeal the expanded 1099 reporting requirement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The bill, HR 4, now goes to President Obama for his signature.

    SBA Administrator Discusses Challenges & Opportunities Facing Small Businesses

    On Wednesday, January 19, hundreds of booksellers at Winter Institute 6 heard PBS NewsHour’s Jim Lehrer interview Karen Mills, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, about the challenges and opportunities facing small businesses today.

    President to Consider Dropping 1099 Requirement From Health Care Law

    Last week, President Obama said that he would be willing to consider repealing a provision in the health care bill that requires businesses to file tax forms for any transaction over $600 with a single vendor.

    SBM Issues Report on Health Care Reform for Small Businesses

    On Tuesday, March 23, President Obama signed a landmark health care bill into law that, among its many goals, seeks to ease health insurance costs for small businesses. Following passage of the bill by Congress on Sunday night, the Small Business Majority released a summary of the measures in the health care bill that will affect small businesses.

    Small Business Majority, Main Street Alliance Urge Health Care Vote in Congress

    This week, the Health Reform Coalition, including the Small Business Majority, the American Library Association, the Main Street Alliance, and many other national groups, urged Congress to vote in favor of health care reform. The fate of health insurance reform has been up in the air since late January, following the victory of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts' special election for the U.S. Senate.

    In State of the Union Address, President Outlines Ways to Help Small Business

    In his first State of the Union address, delivered on Wednesday, January 27, President Obama declared that jobs must be the nation's top priority in 2010. Stressing that job creation begins with small businesses, the President outlined proposals to help small businesses, including better access to capital and tax breaks.

    Senate Health Care Bill Includes Small Business Provisions

    As the Senate gets set to pass its health care reform bill, "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," the small business community remains divided over some aspects of the complex legislation. Early Monday morning, the Senate voted 60 - 40 for cloture, which clears the way for final passage of the bill. Most experts believe the Senate bill will pass by Christmas. Once the Senate bill is passed, it will be reconciled with the House of Representatives health care reform bill in conference committee.

    Senators, Small Business Majority Seek to Rally Support for Health Care Reform for Small Business

    On Wednesday, December 9, Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) joined Terry Gardiner of the Small Business Majority and Mike Brey, a small business owner from Maryland, at a press conference to unveil a package of amendments to the Senate health care reform bill that would benefit small businesses.

    Vote Clears Way for Senate Health Care Bill Debate

    On Saturday, November 21, the U.S. Senate voted 60 - 39, along party lines, to open debate on the Senate health care reform bill, "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said debate would begin on the bill on Monday, November 30.

    White House Hosts Small Business Call on Health Care Reform

    On Thursday, November 12, the White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hosted an hour-long conference call with small business owners from around the country to discuss health care reform. Administration officials participating in the briefing, "Health Care Reform and Small Businesses," included Ann Widger of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Dr.

    Small Business Groups Weigh In on Health Care Reform Bill

    On Saturday, November 7, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) by a margin of 220 to 215. The vote on the complex legislation, which runs almost 2,000 pages, was split along party lines, with only one Republican voting in favor of the legislation and 39 Democrats voting against it. Groups representing the interests of small business owners are also split over the bill's merits. Some are hailing its passage, while others are claiming it will force small businesses to cut jobs.

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