A recent study conducted by the Texas Public Interest Research Group examines how the current health insurance system affects small businesses across the nation. This is according to the article “Study finds that small businesses are disadvantaged by higher health care costs” by Priscilla Pelli on dailytexanonline.com.
Austin’s small businesses are at risk under the current health insurance system according to this study. There are negative effects on these Texas small businesses as increases in the cost of health care plans for employees are in place. Businesses also have the inability to provide health insurance coverage to the employees because of very high costs.
Individual health insurance in Texas can be easy to find, but when you own a small business you may not always have the cash flow to cover monthly premiums, especially for employees. Smaller businesses are finding it harder and harder to attract quality employees since the benefits they can afford to offer are not competitive. This is putting small business at an extreme disadvantage. Hopefully the health care reform plan that Congress votes for will assist these affected businesses.