ONE-STOP-SHOP WEBSITE EDUCATES BUSINESS OWNERS ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Business.USA.gov/healthcare is a one-stop-shop website launched last month to provide employers of all sizes with educational materials on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may affect businesses and help them compete. 

The site includes a wizard tool that is tailored based on size and location, so businesses can learn how the law helps them provide affordable coverage options to their employees while still meeting their bottom line.  The site will act as a user-friendly hub that connects employers to informational content on tax credits and other provisions of the law from the Small Business Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury Department.

“As the ACA is implemented, it is so important for us to work with the business community and provide employers with the information they need,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. “Business.USA.gov/healthcare will be a tremendous resource for self-employed Americans and businesses of all sizes to learn what the ACA means for them.”

“The ACA is providing better care and better choices for millions of Americans, and this is another great tool for employers to learn how they can offer health coverage that makes sense for their business and employees, and works for their bottom line,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Many parts of the ACA, which was signed into law in March, 2010, are already in effect, including new consumer protections, and improvements to healthcare coverage that ensure consumers get more value for their premium dollars.

Additional benefits will take effect in late 2013 and beyond.  Starting October 1, 2013, individuals, including those who are self-employed, and small businesses looking for a better plan, will have a new way to shop for private health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) found at HealthCare.gov. Individuals may be eligible for lower costs on their monthly premiums and self-employed individuals and small businesses may be eligible for tax credits to help with the costs of coverage.

BusinessUSA.gov leverages the resources of partners across the federal government to ensure that business owners get comprehensive information and easy-to-use tools related to range of topics, including healthcare.

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