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Aug 20, 2013
This week: Small Business Competitions
There are no easy roads for entrepreneurs. All victories are won through sweat equity, long nights, and from cutting-edge ideas executed with perfect timing. While this is true, there is help for small businesses who are intent on using technology to innovate within their industry.
Aug 13, 2013
Businesses with 25 or fewer full-time employees are exempt from the Affordable Care Act and won’t have to provide health coverage for their employees, but they can still take advantage of a tax credit to cover a sizeable portion of their employees’ premiums if they take part in Obamacare.
Aug 05, 2013
José Alberto Interiano know that will soon be forced to buy health insurance, but like most of the 22 million small businesses and contractors nationwide, he does not know how to register or how much money it will cost.
"I know very little about health plans.'ve Been following the discussions in Washington and even they agree ... they say that we will be required to buy health insurance, but do not tell us how much it will cost or where buy it, "said Interiano.
Jul 23, 2013
NASE's Director of Government Affairs Katie Vlietstra was featured on CSPAN's Washington Journal talking about tax and health care reform. As the October 1, 2013 approaches, the self-employed still have remaining questions regarding the impact of health care on them, their families, and bottom line.
Jul 18, 2013
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced two bills to help New Mexico small businesses grow in the tough economy and continue to create jobs. The bills, the Helping Our Middle Class Entrepreneurs (HOME) Act and the Expanding Opportunities for Main Street Act, are the result of Udall’s conversations with small business owners across New Mexico about ways the federal government can streamline contracting and reduce unnecessary red tape.
Jul 09, 2013
A study from company consultant Mercer shows that despite delays in implementing employer mandates as part of President Obama’s health-care overhaul, many employers still plan to add workers on to the rolls of the insured in 2014. And even if many decided to delay that action by a year, costs will still rise per company by roughly 2% to 3%.
Jul 02, 2013
As he tries to build his consulting business, David Ferreira is making sure he doesn't get sick over the next six months. He's counting down the days until he can sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.
Jun 26, 2013
In health policy circles, they are called the young invincible – healthy adults under the age of 30 who don't feel they need to buy health insurance. Even when they're offered coverage at work, a new ADP study found only half of young adults opt to take their company plan, compared with 70 percent of workers over age 40.
Jun 24, 2013
The Affordable Care Act requires Americans to have health insurance beginning next year or pay a penalty, and health exchanges will begin open enrollment on Oct. 1. With those dates fast approaching, government officials have stepped up efforts to squelch fears and clear up confusion regarding the health reform law. After meeting with Obama administration officials last week, Kristie Arslan, chief executive officer of the National Association for the Self-Employed, talked to me about how Obamacare is likely to affect independent workers. An edited transcript of our conversation follows.
Jun 18, 2013
Question: I am 60 years old and was laid off from a job four years ago. I have since been self-employed. I receive a monthly pension and sometimes withdraw funds from my 401(k). Will those two sources of income count when I’m calculating income to determine if I’ll be eligible for a subsidy to purchase health insurance?
Jun 12, 2013
NASE President & CEO Kristie Arslan was featured in a Phoenix Business Blog story on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the self-employed. Of the 22 million self-employed Americans, 380,000 reside in Arizona.
May 17, 2013
A vast majority of U.S. small businesses believe immigration reform is vital to their businesses, according to a survey from the National Association for the Self-Employed.
May 16, 2013
A new survey finds that more than three-quarters of small business owners support comprehensive immigration reform and want an effective E-Verify system.
May 13, 2013
Question: I am a 56-year-old self-employed woman with no dependents. I do not currently have health insurance but I need it and I understand I will have to buy it starting in 2014. What should I do and how can I afford it?
Apr 24, 2013
As Congress and its committees move forward with comprehensive tax reform, Kristie Arslan, president and CEO of The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, today authored the following opinion-editorial in the Capitol Hill publication, Roll Call.