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March 20, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
Nearly a year after President Obama signed his landmark health overhaul, most small businesses in California are still unaware of provisions in the law designed to help them provide their employees with health benefits, according to a new poll. The survey of more than 800 businesses with fewer than 20 employees found that 57% are unfamiliar with new tax credits in the law that small employers with low payrolls can claim to offset the cost of an employer-provided health plan. And 62% did not know about new state regulated insurance markets -- or exchanges -- that will be created in 2014 to help individuals and small businesses shop for and compare health plans in the same way consumers now buy airlines tickets or hotels.
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BUSINESS
June 28, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, which held President Obama's healthcare overhaul to be constitutional, sparked an outpouring of both approval and invective from business groups around the country. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it respects the decision but called for more reforms anyway, maintaining that the ruling "does not change the reality that the health care law is fundamentally flawed. " The Main Street Alliance quoted its members as saying that "this is a good day for small businesses across America ... [that]
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BUSINESS
June 28, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, which held President Obama's healthcare overhaul to be constitutional, sparked an outpouring of both approval and invective from business groups around the country. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it respects the decision but called for more reforms anyway, maintaining that the ruling "does not change the reality that the health care law is fundamentally flawed. " The Main Street Alliance quoted its members as saying that "this is a good day for small businesses across America ... [that]
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
To the surprise of many economists, Thursday's  Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act doesn't further confuse what's going to happen next. That clarity might help businesses finally make some personnel and other moves, giving the economy a much-needed kick and President Obama one more thing to brag about, economists say. “There is a perspective on the economy which is argued that laws of regulation have imposed a lot of uncertainty on businesses,” said Gerry Wedig, an economist with the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
To the surprise of many economists, Thursday's  Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act doesn't further confuse what's going to happen next. That clarity might help businesses finally make some personnel and other moves, giving the economy a much-needed kick and President Obama one more thing to brag about, economists say. “There is a perspective on the economy which is argued that laws of regulation have imposed a lot of uncertainty on businesses,” said Gerry Wedig, an economist with the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2010 | Duke Helfand
Working Californians have seen the cost of their employer-based health insurance shoot up about 40% over the last six years, but they may be surprised to find that workers in many other states fared even worse. The average cost for an employer to provide its workers with family coverage reached $12,631 in the Golden State last year. That put California below the national average of $13,027, according to a new study that found higher prices in Florida, Connecticut, Illinois and more than two dozen other states.
NEWS
July 11, 2011 | Noam N. Levey, Reporting from Washington
The Obama administration moved Monday to ease some requirements on states to help them set up new insurance exchanges in 2014, a key feature of the healthcare law the president signed last year. These state-based exchanges are intended to make buying a health plan comparable to shopping the Internet for an airline ticket or a hotel room. And by 2019, they are expected to serve as the main insurance resource for an estimated 24 million Americans who don't get their health insurance from their employer, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration moved Monday to ease some requirements on states to help them set up new insurance exchanges in 2014, a key feature of the healthcare law the president signed last year. The state-based exchanges are intended to make buying health insurance comparable to shopping the Internet for an airline ticket or a hotel room. And by 2019, the exchanges are expected to provide insurance for an estimated 24 million Americans who don't get their health insurance from their employer, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
More than two-thirds of small businesses believe federal and state laws should prohibit employment discrimination against gay and transgender people, according to a national poll. The survey from the Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization, also found that 63% believe an employer shouldn't be able to fire or refuse to hire someone who is gay, lesbian or transgender if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Another 6 in 10 small business owners said laws that protect against discrimination can improve their revenues because these kinds of laws help employers attract the best and brightest employees.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Retail gasoline prices remained at record high levels for this time of year, but at least the oil rally finally cooled Monday, ending six straight weeks of gains for the commodity. Any slowdown in crude oil inflation is welcome news to American consumers, who are poised to pay a record $489.7 billion on gasoline this year by the calculation of Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service. That's more than $100 billion above what they paid in 2010. U.S. drivers were paying an average $3.436 for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of service stations.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration moved Monday to ease some requirements on states to help them set up new insurance exchanges in 2014, a key feature of the healthcare law the president signed last year. The state-based exchanges are intended to make buying health insurance comparable to shopping the Internet for an airline ticket or a hotel room. And by 2019, the exchanges are expected to provide insurance for an estimated 24 million Americans who don't get their health insurance from their employer, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
NEWS
July 11, 2011 | Noam N. Levey, Reporting from Washington
The Obama administration moved Monday to ease some requirements on states to help them set up new insurance exchanges in 2014, a key feature of the healthcare law the president signed last year. These state-based exchanges are intended to make buying a health plan comparable to shopping the Internet for an airline ticket or a hotel room. And by 2019, they are expected to serve as the main insurance resource for an estimated 24 million Americans who don't get their health insurance from their employer, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
NEWS
March 20, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
Nearly a year after President Obama signed his landmark health overhaul, most small businesses in California are still unaware of provisions in the law designed to help them provide their employees with health benefits, according to a new poll. The survey of more than 800 businesses with fewer than 20 employees found that 57% are unfamiliar with new tax credits in the law that small employers with low payrolls can claim to offset the cost of an employer-provided health plan. And 62% did not know about new state regulated insurance markets -- or exchanges -- that will be created in 2014 to help individuals and small businesses shop for and compare health plans in the same way consumers now buy airlines tickets or hotels.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2010 | Duke Helfand
Working Californians have seen the cost of their employer-based health insurance shoot up about 40% over the last six years, but they may be surprised to find that workers in many other states fared even worse. The average cost for an employer to provide its workers with family coverage reached $12,631 in the Golden State last year. That put California below the national average of $13,027, according to a new study that found higher prices in Florida, Connecticut, Illinois and more than two dozen other states.
NATIONAL
September 15, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey and Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Senate on Tuesday advanced the Obama administration's aid package for small business but failed to relieve millions of companies from onerous new tax filings, accelerating the election year debate over which party is most responsible for gridlock in Washington and lost jobs on Main Street. Two Republicans joined Democrats in the vote to move the bill, which includes a $30-billion loan fund and other tax breaks for small businesses. But lawmakers could not reach agreement on a way to spare small businesses from a new requirement to notify the Internal Revenue Service of every purchase of goods worth more than $600.
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