Obama Administration Launches Educational Health Care Website For Business Owners

The Obama administration announced the launch of http://business.USA.gov/healthcare, a website designed to provide information to employers to help businesses understand the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The site, a collaboration among federal agencies including the Small Business Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Treasury Department, shows business owners ways to provide affordable health insurance options to their employees while meeting their bottom line. Information provided is based on size of business and location to ensure tailored results.

The site, which will be updated as ACA continues to be implemented, focuses on a health care changes wizard tool. Users are directed to select the state the business is located in and determine how many full-time equivalent employees the business has. Then, after answering whether the business currently has health care insurance and future plans for coverage, the wizard tool provides a list of “Health Insurance Options and Changes You Should Know About.” The results link to information most relevant to the user, including a timeline of ACA implementation, an explanation of the employer shared responsibility payment, a glossary of key health care terms, and other resources. Small business owners and self-employed individuals will also be linked to information about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) at https://www.HealthCare.gov.

This specialized tool is part of http://business.usa.gov, an interagency platform providing businesses access to government services and easy-to-use tools related to a range of topics, including health care.

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