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Regional Affairs Council — June 2012

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For most small businesses, employee health insurance feels like an out-of-control expense.

How did America’s small businesses find themselves in this situation?  What’s the cause, and what can be done about it? What options are open to the business owner?

KYW’s Cherri Gregg reports on “The Small Business Healthcare Headache,” sponsored by the Savitz Organization …

(Small business owner Ken Weinstein, in his Philadelphia office.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Part 1: Small and Struggling

“We as small business owners are trying to do the right thing by insuring our employees, but it’s not always easy to do that,” says Ken Weinstein, owner of the Trolley Car Diner in Mt. Airy.

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(Rod Millwood with his late wife, Mona, who died of ovarian cancer.  Photo provided)

Part 2: Feeling Squeezed

“A lot of people see someone with a business and think they are rolling,” notes Rod Millwood, who owns a comedy club at 3rd and South Streets in Philadelphia. “But no.”

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(Graphic: Ed Fischer)

Part 3: A New Landscape

“Health insurance is tricky and it’s confusing, so having the right, unbiased information is a key resource for consumers,” says Melissa Fox, spokeswoman for Pennsylvania’s Insurance Department.

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Part 4: Government Incentives

“Small businesses overwhelming support the (Obamacare) tax credits. The problem is, they don’t know about them,” says the CEO of a small-business advocacy group.

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