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The State of the County, Questions about Promoting Fracking, A New Future for Burke Lakefront & More

Posted Friday, February 21, 2014

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Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald gave his State of the County address, without a teleprompter. A new poll comes out about the gubernatorial race. A state agency is accused of inappropriately promoting fracking. Mayor Frank Jackson hints that Burke Lakefront may not always be an airport. Plus, a look at how local small businesses are dealing with the Affordable Care Act.

As part of ideastream’s health information series ‘Be Well,’ we’re following how the Affordable Care Act is affecting local businesses and employees, as well as individuals getting healthcare coverage through the exchanges. In this story, Kay Colby gives us a glimpse of the changes and confusion affecting a local brew pub.

Navigating the ACA - Resources for Small Businesses

Finding Affordable Care for Your Business

The S.H.O.P. Marketplace
The S.H.O.P. (“Small Business Health Options Program” is a site run by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help small business owners find affordable health insurance that works for their company.

The ACA and Your Business - Understanding the Impact of Healthcare Reform

U.S. Department of Labor: Affordable Care Act
This toolkit by the U.S. Department of Labor includes many resources about the provisions, protections and plans due to changes by the Affordable Care Act.

Business USA: Health Care Changes Wizard
This user-friendly platform includes a wizard which helps businesses understand what the impact of healthcare reform will be on their operations. This one-stop-shop for businesses allows exploration of the changes of the ACA and is sponsored by Business.USA.gov, a White House-ordered collaboration by all facets of the government affecting small business.

U.S. Small Business Administration: Health Care
The Small Business Administration offers a variety of webinars, articles and explanations of the Affordable Care Act specifically related to how the changes will affect small and medium sized businesses.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Small Business Tax Credits
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in addition to the main site at Healthcare.gov offers some resources on its site related to employer sponsored insurance benefits and how to get tax credit for your small business.

Ohio Department of Insurance: Federal Health Reform FAQs
The Ohio Department of Insurance, while regulating insurance in the State of Ohio, does not operate the insurance exchanges. But they do provide some helpful information and a variety of FAQs related to the changes in healthcare.

Council of Small Enterprises: Health Care Reform
The Greater Cleveland Partnership, which serves as the Chamber of Commerce for Cleveland and surrounding areas, together with its small business partner COSE (Council of Small Enterprises) has provided a number of decision tools, webinars and information resources relating to changes by the ACA and how it will impact Northeast Ohio businesses.

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