July 2012

Publisher: Employee Benefit News

Title: Health plan rate hikes lowered on California small group policies

Full Article: here

Publisher: Small Business Majority California Listening Tour II

Full Brochure: here

June 2012

Publisher: San Diego North County Times

Title: Help available for small business insurance woes

Full Article: here

February 2012

Publisher: San Francisco Business Times

Title: Health startup to triple enrollees

Full Article: here

Publisher: Small Business Majority

Three part panel that I was part of entitled, "making California's new healthcare exchange work for small businesses" intended to provide feedback on "best practices" for the exchange board.

Online link:
Making California’s new healthcare exchange work for small businesses
January 2012

Publisher: San Jose Business Journal

Title: Health exchanges to help small businesses
If implemented correctly, health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act could be instrumental in lowering insurance costs. Full Article here.

December 2011

Publisher: Sacramento Business Journal

Title: Brokers must have a role
California is implementing provisions of the federal health care law that could significantly help small businesses. Full Article here.

November 2011

Publisher: Small Business Majority Press Release

On the exchange front, the second of Small Business Majority’s SHOP Exchange forums took place in Sacramento on Nov. 16. Speakers included Terry Gardiner, Small Business Majority’s Vice President for Policy and Strategy, Jason Andrew, owner of brokerage firm Stone Meadow Benefits and Insurance Associates, and Ken Comeau, Vice President of Connecticut Business and Industry Association. Micah Weinberg, Senior Policy Advisor for the Bay Area Council, moderated the discussion. Panelists at the second forum focused on how to provide value that can attract small business owners to the exchange and what role brokers will play. Business leaders, advocates, government officials, insurers and brokers are encouraged to attend the third and final forum, taking place Jan. 11. Find more information here.

October 2011

Pacific Community Ventures

Final Report: "Health Care and Small Business: Understanding Health Care Decision Making in California"

This research was supported by funding from the California Endowment. The authors took a collaborative approach through all phases of work for the development of this report, including during data collection, interviewing, subsequent analysis, and writing. The authors would especially like to thank Sarah Tahamont and Dhruv Malhota for their technical analysis for the report, Susan Shargel and Jason Andrew for providing their perspectives and thoughtful comments...

Full Report: Here -
Press Release: Here

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