Yesterday the Exchange Board voted to allow employers to select one tier of coverage[bronze,silver,gold and platinum]] and employees get to select any carrier within that tier. This is required by the Affordable Care Act. California could however go beyond that. The other options which have been discussed are
Employers choose two insurers and two tiers and employees pick from the offered health plans and tiers
Employers choose the health plan and employees choose the level of coverage of coverage they want.
It was the Exchange board’s decision to go with the most simple plan at this time as they believe it delivers the best balance of employee choice and affordability.
Yesterday I asked for people to support additional funding of the Small Business Development Centers. Small Business California is going to develop a strategy to do this either by getting additional funds from the private sector and/or from the state. We are looking for support from individual businesses and associations.
Please see email I received from someone at an SBDC office.
Scott, I am not sure if you will read this e-mail or not (with all you do you must be busier than anybody else). With this e-mail, you have made me feel more encouraged to continue working for the SBDC at a moment where most of us are very pessimistic of the future of the SBDC. I am sure that with your support, credibility and reputation, more prospective funders will approach us. THANKS AGAIN. I will share this with our consultants team (I am the only staff left for now).
Please let me know if you will help us in our efforts
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116