Letter of the Day (Nov. 4): The ACA and small businesses

  • Updated: November 3, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Fewer network options, much higher cost — that’s the reality.

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We own a small business in Minnesota and for years have covered 100 percent of health care premium costs through Medica for a few employees. We received a letter that our policy is no longer available after Jan. 1. We had large deductibles — $5,950 each and $9,900 for a family that paid 100 percent after the family maximum was reached. High deductibles kept our cost lower per month, and the coverage was statewide — we had multiple choices of locations and doctors. Old cost: $2,085.00 per month.

Now, here’s reality of the Affordable Care Act that small businesses are dealing with: The current offer has the same deductibles as before, with 50 percent paid after a family reaches the maximum. Our network coverage has been scaled way back, and many doctors will not be in the new network. Cost: $3,850 per month. That is an increase of $1,765 per month, or $21,180 per year!

Multiply this by millions of small-business owners with millions of employees, and what do you think the result will be on our economy?

JIM SCISLOW, Lakeville

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