Health Law Guide for Business
A group of California business organizations has collaborated to launch a first-its-kind business-oriented website aimed at providing employers with accurate and easy-to-understand information about the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The Health Law Guide for Business, tailored for the business community, will help business owners navigate through all 2,409 pages of the health care law with one website www.healthlawguideforbusiness.org.
Tax Credit Calculator
One website feature is a “tax credit calculator” that helps employers estimate savings available under the law. With videos, interactive surveys and an easy-to-use format, the online tool includes numerous elements to serve a variety of preferences for gathering and retaining information.
The Health Law Guide for Business website reflects the most significant updates and developments in the process to implement the health care law in California. In 2010, California became the first state in the nation to enact legislation creating an Affordable Insurance Exchange as required under the federal health care law.
Starting in 2014, the California Health Benefit Exchange will allow individuals and small businesses to compare health plans, get answers to questions, find out if they are eligible for tax credits for private insurance or health programs, and enroll in a health plan that meets their needs.
The Exchange is separated into two programs, the Individual Exchange and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). The SHOP will allow small businesses to band together to create a large purchasing pool so that small business owners will have access to the same lower rates that large employers have enjoyed for decades.
More About the Partnership
The website, funded by The California Endowment, was created by a partnership that includes the Bay Area Council, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, California Small Business Development Centers, Pacific Business Group on Health, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Small Business Majority, Small Business California, and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The partnership aims to address the need of California’s business community to stay informed about the implementation of the law and counter misinformation.