When Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 13-1136, the Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act, into law early this week, he took a crucial step in ensuring safer workplaces for all Coloradans.
More small businesses say they will offer health insurance for their employees once the Colorado Health Insurance Exchange is up and running in 2014, according to a Kaiser Permanente survey of business owners.
The survey found that, after hearing a short description of the exchange, the number of employers who said they would offer health benefits to some or all employees jumped to 59 percent, up from 52 percent currently.
It???s time that Colorado prohibits health insurance carriers from considering claims history or health status when setting premium rates for small business, says Robin Baker, a senior policy analyst for the Bell Policy Center.
The Bell Policy Center supports committing economic development funds to support micro-enterprise because it is a good investment for Colorado. It helps low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs start businesses, create jobs and add to the economic activity within their communities.
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts that help low-income workers save for a specific goal. This report explains how IDAs work and how Colorado can offer this highyielding tool to more low-income residents.