Entrepreneurs Relieved Optional Health Insurance Plans Survive Senate Vote to Eliminate Them

By at 10 October, 2018, 3:07 pm


Washington, D.C. – Today, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) applauded the outcome of a vote in the U.S. Senate, which turned back an effort led by Democrats to repeal a rule that has made short-term limited-duration health insurance plans a more practical option for entrepreneurs, employees and the self-employed. SBE Council delivered a letter to all Senators opposing the resolution, S.J. Res 63.

SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan said:

“Consumers need affordable coverage options, and the promises of Obamacare have never materialized. Insurance costs have only increased and access to basic health care has become more expensive and limited. These short-term plans play a vital role in the marketplace, particularly when individuals and their families need coverage during career and work changes.  Many more people are cycling between full-time jobs and ‘gig’ work, and temporary health insurance plans help fill the coverage gap at a reasonable cost. The marketplace needs these plans, and we are pleased they survived this misguided attempt to repeal the rule.”

With the exception of Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), all Republicans voted against the resolution and all Democrats (including Independents) voted for it.

You can read SBE Council’s 2018 Policy Agenda on Health Care Affordability and Innovation here.

CONTACT:  Karen Kerrigan,

SBE Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy, research and education organization that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship. For nearly 25 years SBE Council has worked to successfully implement a range of policy and private sector initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for startups and small business growth. To learn more, visit SBE Council’s website: Follow on Twitter: @SBECouncil

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