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An Obamacare Surcharge?

A Florida-based restaurant chain found itself in the news for the 1% "ACA surcharge" (Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare) it is placing on customers’ meals.

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The Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as Obamacare, is one of the most ambitious and complex laws ever passed. It’s intended to help achieve four goals:

  1. Provide health insurance to many of the tens of millions of Americans who don’t have it.
  2. Reduce the rate at which health-care costs are growing.
  3. Improve the marketplace for health insurance.
  4. Address other issues, such as providing greater emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion.

While it would be impossible to summarize all of the changes, here’s an overview of the most important ones, along with links to other helpful resources.

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Spotted this morning on the walk to the new Sherpaa Soho office.

Many small businesses across the U.S. rely on government-backed loans to start new businesses and keep their operations running smoothly.
More than 60 percent of Small Business Administration employees have been furloughed during the shutdown, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Read more on the government shutdown and how it is affecting small businesses here.

jayparkinsonmd:

Spotted this morning on the walk to the new Sherpaa Soho office.

Many small businesses across the U.S. rely on government-backed loans to start new businesses and keep their operations running smoothly.

More than 60 percent of Small Business Administration employees have been furloughed during the shutdown, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Read more on the government shutdown and how it is affecting small businesses here.

Can These 5 Social Apps Boost Employee Health and Wellness?

Whether you’re for or against the Affordable Care Act, health care is a huge subject right now, and for good reason. According to the Kaiser Foundation, employer-sponsored health coverage for family premiums has increased nearly 100 percent during the past decade. In addition, total health spending accounted for approximately 18 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) back in 2010.

Bottom line, staying healthy not only costs money but requires an investment of our time. The investment pays off in terms of employee productivity, morale and high performance. Smart companies are starting to direct energy to educating employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s good for employees and it’s good for business.

What better way to encourage employees to take care of themselves than by using social tools? After all, we have our phones and tablets with us all the time these days.

Read here for some ways you can take full advantage of the connectivity.

Obamacare: Should You Hire Employee Number 51?

Plenty of people, including small-business owners, predict that some businesses will opt not to grow so they can avoid employer mandates in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that will become effective in 2014.

The major issue is the 50-employee threshold. Businesses with more than 50 full-time employees, as defined by the law, will have to supply them with affordable and well-designed insurance, or face fines.

Read more to learn how this might affect you and your small business.

What do small businesses want from the president? Click here to find out.
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A Small Business Guide to the Presidential ElectionBoth Democratic President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney pledge to create jobs and kickstart the economy, but differ on their methods. For those still on the fence, here’s a summary of their stances on issues affecting small business. Read MoreRelated posts:1. Presidential Candidates Spar Over Small Business (Again)2. Obama’s Plans for Small Business3. Poll: Small Business Owners Slowly Shifting to Obama4. Will Election Year Politics Destroy Your Culture?5. Top 5 Business Lessons from the Presidential Debates
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A Small Business Guide to the Presidential Election

Both Democratic President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney pledge to create jobs and kickstart the economy, but differ on their methods. For those still on the fence, here’s a summary of their stances on issues affecting small business. Read More

Related posts:
1. Presidential Candidates Spar Over Small Business (Again)
2. Obama’s Plans for Small Business
3. Poll: Small Business Owners Slowly Shifting to Obama
4. Will Election Year Politics Destroy Your Culture?
5. Top 5 Business Lessons from the Presidential Debates

(via A Small Business Guide to the Presidential Election - OPEN Forum :: American Express OPEN Forum)

Could you be up for a healthcare rebate? Read More
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Could you be up for a healthcare rebate? Read More

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"When the heads of small companies were asked whether they qualified for a small-business health-care tax credit that became available in 2010, two-thirds said they weren’t certain because they didn’t know the details."

Do you know what the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act means for you and your business? As many as two-thirds of small biz owners are unaware of the tax credits they can qualify for, according to a new survey from the Wall Street Journal.
(via CEO Survey: Small-Business Owners Struggle to Understand Health-Care Law - WSJ.com )

"When the heads of small companies were asked whether they qualified for a small-business health-care tax credit that became available in 2010, two-thirds said they weren’t certain because they didn’t know the details."

Do you know what the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act means for you and your business? As many as two-thirds of small biz owners are unaware of the tax credits they can qualify for, according to a new survey from the Wall Street Journal.

(via CEO Survey: Small-Business Owners Struggle to Understand Health-Care Law - WSJ.com )

How Social Startups Are Disrupting Old Healthcare Practices

                         

Of all the issues that currently afflict our society, perhaps none afflicts more than the American Healthcare system. In fact, I doubt there are very many small business decision-makers that feel anything less than frustration at the costs and confusion that the current system provides.

 

Among the issues is that the healthcare industry has barely tapped into technology to help patients. But now there’s mounting evidence that this is changing—and changing fast.

Read how two businesses are making strides on OPEN Forum.