Advocate for Entrepreneurs Praises Bipartisan Action in the U.S. Senate to Lower Health Coverage Costs

By at 11 January, 2019, 10:49 am


Senators Barrasso, Gardner and Sinema introduce S. 80 to Repeal the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) 

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – An important bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate on January 10, 2019 that addresses a key pain point for small businesses and the self-employed – high health insurance costs.  Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced legislation to eliminate the tax on health insurance premiums, a big cost burden that targets the health insurance plans covering small businesses, their employees and the self-employed.  Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan praised Senators Barrasso, Gardner, and Sinema who introduced “The Jobs and Premium Protection Act” (S. 80). The bipartisan legislation will help small businesses more effectively compete in the marketplace, and for workers in the currently tight labor market. SBE Council endorsed the legislation, as providing relief from the health insurance tax (HIT) is an immediate SBE Council priority.

“The HIT directly strikes the self-employed, small businesses and their employees. Thankfully, Congress passed a one-year moratorium on the HIT tax for 2019.  But this relief will be short-lived with the return of the HIT in 2020. Repealing this unfair tax will create some stability for small businesses. The cost relief will help small firms better compete, provide insurance to more employees, or even for the first time, which is an important benefit for attracting and retaining employees in this very tight labor market,” said Kerrigan.

As noted by Kerrigan, the results of a post-election survey conducted by members of the Small Business Roundtable (SBR) found that health care ranks #1 when it comes the chief concerns of small business owners. In a question posed by the SBR survey: “If you could have Congress and the Administration deal with just one issue next year, what would it be?”… small business owners overwhelmingly selected “health care.”

“The small business community is thankful that Senators Barrasso, Gardner and Sinema are listening to entrepreneurs and have quickly responded to their needs.  Every Senator needs to sign onto this important bipartisan legislation, which is a common-sense strategy to relieve small businesses of pending price hikes on health coverage,” added Kerrigan.

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SBE Council is a nonprofit, non-partisan advocacy, research and education organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For 25 years, SBE Council has worked on a wide range of policy and private sector initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for startup activity and small business growth. Visit or @SBECouncil.


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