New Website Walks California’s Hispanic Entrepreneurs Through In’s and Out’s of Health Coverage

Online resource available in Spanish gives California small business owners step-by-step information on navigating healthcare market in wake of federal healthcare reform

Just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, Small Business Majority unveiled the California Health Coverage Guide, an online resource available in English and Spanish that provides California small business owners with objective, step-by-step information on how to navigate the healthcare market since the passage of federal healthcare reform.

The healthcare landscape is shifting as the market adjusts to provisions of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law in March 2010. The Coverage Guide, which details provisions of the Affordable Care Act pertinent to small businesses—much of it translated into Spanish for the first time—walks small business owners through the complex terminology, laws and options of the health insurance marketplace and helps them determine if offering insurance to their employees is financially feasible. It will also help them narrow down the types of plans best suited to their needs and covers federal and state healthcare laws all California entrepreneurs should be aware of. It is intended solely for informational use. Small Business Majority does not endorse a particular plan type, broker or carrier.

The coverage guide has four main sections that cover:

  • Frequently asked questions about how the Affordable Care Act affects small businesses now, and which provisions will affect them in 2014 when the law is fully implemented.
  • The main issues to consider when deciding if it’s affordable to purchase health insurance for employees.
  • Steps to follow if employers decide to purchase coverage, plus alternative healthcare options to suggest to employees if group coverage is financially out of reach.
  • Tools such as a tax credit calculator, which estimates how much federal healthcare tax credit employers qualify for.

Visit the coverage guide at www.healthcoverageguide.org.