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Roe Statement on H.R. 1101, Small Business Health Fairness Act

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Washington, March 22, 2017 | Lani Short (202-225-6356) | comments

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act – legislation to empower small businesses and workers through association health plans:

“As a former business owner myself, I proudly supported the Small Business Health Fairness Act to help ensure small businesses can provide affordable health insurance for working families by allowing those small businesses to band together and offer coverage through association health plans. This legislation takes a positive step toward creating a more competitive health care marketplace with lower costs for small businesses. When combined with the American Health Care Act, our legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, we are taking a meaningful step towards implementing a free-market, patient-centered health care system. I want to thank Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) for introducing this bill to make meaningful reforms that will improve employees’ health care benefits and create a healthier workforce.”

Background: Due to their size, large businesses and labor organizations have the ability to negotiate on behalf of employees for high-quality health care at more affordable costs. By offering a qualified group health plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), these large employers and labor organizations are also exempt from various state rules and regulations on health insurance. Small businesses do not have the same bargaining power as large businesses, so this bill will give them the ability to negotiate for lower health care costs for their employees. The read the bill, click here. To read a fact sheet on the bill, click here.
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