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Heal Thyself


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Heal Thyself

When it comes to containing rising health-care costs, here's an idea: stop complaining and do your homework. Small-business owners don't understand the health insurance market, suggests new research by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. A majority, for example, didn't know that health insurance premiums are fully tax-deductible. That's a disincentive to even look into coverage, says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with EBRI. In this case, ignorance is anything but bliss.Return to top

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Percent of Small-Business Owners Unaware That...

Health insurance premiums are 100% tax-deductible: 57%

Coverage can't be refused due to employees' health status: 61%

Employees can't deduct the cost of coverage they buy independently: 48%

DATA: EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTEReturn to top


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