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A One-Stop-Shop on the Health Care Law for Businesses Big and Small

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Cross-posted from the White House Blog by Valerie Jarrett 

As we implement the Affordable Care Act, we continue listening to the needs of the business community. Based on our many conversations with leaders of our nation’s businesses, large and small, today we are launching, a one-stop-shop where employers of all sizes can go for information on the Affordable Care Act.

The new site includes a web-based tool that allows employers to get tailored information on how the health law may affect them based on their business’ size, location, and plans for offering health benefits to their workers next year. From tax credits for small businesses to help make coverage affordable, to measures to help slow the growth of health care costs, there are a variety of ways that the Affordable Care Act can help businesses expand health care coverage and compete.

The site leverages the resources of our partners across the federal government to ensure that business owners get comprehensive health care information and easy-to-use tools, such as a timeline of key implementation dates; information about the SHOP Marketplaces and small business tax credits; and resources to help calculate a firm’s number of full-time equivalent employees or determine if the coverage they already offer meets the law’s minimum value standards.

The administration is working with the employer community to ensure the site continues to be a helpful resource for businesses and their employees, including updating the site with additional, timely information, so stay tuned.

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Aligning those with needs with those with solutions

What is very much missing from the conversation is a concerted effort to match those small to mid sized employers with newly emerging companies and organizations with solutions. A rather significant part of the challenge for employers is the tendency to fall back on those organizations, consultants and health plans that have created the current circumstance and / or are not interested in working toward a solution - bad for business. Policy folks need to get out more often, dig a little deeper, and look in some non-traditional places to find those of us with actual working models, based on the PCMH model of primary care, that allow employers to be fully compliant with both the spirit and the letter of the ACA law. Because many of us are start ups, we are nowhere on the radar, and without some attention from the White House our innovations may fail before they have a chance to take hold. Not because we don't have a workable model, we just don't have the "sales machine" available to organizations interested in the status quo and often under written by the actual healthcare waste and inefficiency we're trying to eliminate.
Jed Constantz, Endicott, NY