LaMalfa Votes to Empower Small Businesses
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act. This bill creates Association Health Plans (AHP) that allow small businesses to join together to negotiate for the same low health care costs and high quality care that larger businesses and labor organizations have access to. AHPs will increase small businesses’ bargaining power, expand affordable coverage for working families, and lower administrative costs.
LaMalfa said: “The cost of providing health insurance for employees is one of the most difficult challenges facing small business owners today. Under the flawed mandates of the Affordable Care Act, small businesses have been unable to match the bargaining power that larger organizations possess which allows them to negotiate more affordable health care for employees. The Small Business Health Fairness Act levels the playing field by allowing small businesses to band together and increase their ability to provide affordable coverage for working families, and I fully support it.”
H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, allows small businesses to join AHPs in order to:
- Level the playing field with larger businesses and organizations by increasing bargaining power.
- Expand affordable coverage for working families by providing better options when purchasing health care through their employer.
- Decrease administrative costs for small businesses with limited resources who want to provide better health care options for their employees.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.