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 Q:   Good Business Sense: The Small Business Tax Credit While millions of small businesses will be eligible for this tax credit, educating the small business community about the credit is challenging. This May 2012 report from the Small Business Majority and Families USA explains why it's important to reach out to this community, and it discusses four key reasons that the number of small businesses that use the credit will grow in the future.

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 Q:   Actual Factual Information About Health Care Reform This easy-to-use resource from the Small Business Majority was designed to help small business owners can use learn how the reform law impacts their businesses.

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 Q:   Features of Health Insurance Exchanges That Could Attract Small Business This February 2012 presentation by Terry Gardiner of Small Business Majority described the characteristics of small businesses and the aspects of exchanges that could be useful for them.

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 Q:   Focus on Health Reform This January 2012 fact sheet from The Kaiser Family Foundation explains the ACA provisions likely to have significant effects on small businesses, the changes that are likely to take place, and which businesses will be affected.

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 Q:   Top Three Small-Group Products by State This December 2011 CMS document provides illustrative information to complement the bulletin on ACA essential health benefits released on December 16, 2011. It lists the products with the three largest enrollments in the small group market in each state. It also includes the top three nationally available Federal Employee Health Benefit Program plans based on enrollment.

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 Q:   The Illinois Health Insurance Exchange: Governance and Financing (DRAFT)

Proposed Governance and Financing for the Illinois Health Insurance Exchange - presented at the October 14 Illinois Health Reform Implementation Council Meeting

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 Q:   Your Bottom Line: What Health Reform Means for Illinois Small Businesses This presentation by the Small Business Majority, Campaign for Better Health Care and HHS lays out the key benefits of health reform for small businesses, including a competitive marketplace and immediate tax credits, and describes other immediate and longer-term benefits.

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 Q:   Better Health Means Better Business This June 2011 article from the Center for American Progress explains how minority-owned small businesses stand to benefit from health care reform.

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 Q:   IRS Info on Small Business Tax Credits A 2010 flyer from the Internal Revenue Service on the health care tax credit available to small employers and tax-exempt organizations that pay at least half the cost of single health insurance coverage for their employees.

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 Q:   Know Your Care's Small Business Pagee This page of ACA resources for small businesses was assembled in 2011 by Know Your Care, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the American people about the Affordable Care Act's consumer and patient protections.

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 Q:   The Impact of the Recession on Workers’ Health Coverage This April 2011 issue brief from the Employee Benefit Research Institute summarizes the toll the 2007–09 recession took on the percentage of the population with employment-based health coverage. Although percentage of individuals under age 65 with employment-based health coverage has been slowly eroding, 2009 was the first year in which it fell below 60%, marking the largest one-year decline in coverage.

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 Q:   Reform and Women: Tax Credits for Small Business This September 2010 fact sheet in the "Reform Matters" series from the National Women's Law Center notes that women-owned businesses are generally smaller than male-owned ones, and small businesses that don’t offer employee health coverage tend to have larger proportions of female workers.

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 Q:   The 1099 Provision This February 2011 Health Affairs policy brief discusses a tax-reporting requirement for businesses, designed to raise revenues to finance health reform, which was now likely to be repealed. The "so-called 1099 provision doesn't have anything directly to do with health care per se, but was designed to capture tax revenues that may be lost if businesses fail to report income. However, lawmakers from both parties and the Obama administration now support repealing the measure on the ground that it would place an undue burden on business, especially small businesses."

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 Q:   Illinois Main Street Alliance Illinois Main Street Alliance is a coalition of over 450 small business members from across the state. Its mission is to promote social justice while providing small businesses a voice in the political arena and fostering the development of progressive, socially responsible business leaders.

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 Q:   A "Job-Killing" Law? FactCheck.org Finds No Evidence A January 2011 analysis by FactCheck.org concluded that House Republicans had misrepresented the facts. In fact, experts were predicting the health care law would have little effect on employment.

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