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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan, House Pass Small Business Health Fairness Act

March 31, 2017
Press Release
Bill allows small businesses to band together when negotiating for employee insurance policies

Washington, DC – March 22, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today voted in support of the Small Business Health Fairness Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a 236-175 margin. The bill allows small businesses to join together through association health plans, granting them greater ability to negotiate for lower health care costs for their employees.

Congressman Donovan said, “Small businesses are the bread and butter of the American economy. Outrageous health costs stifle small business growth while also disproportionately harming their employees. Large businesses can negotiate on behalf of workers for high-quality health care at lower costs because of their sheer size, but small businesses don’t have the same market power. This legislation works to level the playing field by allowing small businesses to band together when negotiating with insurers.”

The Small Business Health Fairness Act implements common-sense reforms that will:

  • Increase small businesses’ bargaining power with insurance providers and put them on a more level playing field with larger companies and unions;
  • Expand affordable coverage for working families who want to purchase health insurance through their employer;
  • Lower administrative costs for small businesses that face limited resources and want to provide health insurance to their employees.