Patricia Owen, owner of FACES DaySpa on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, recently testified on Capital Hill before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Health subcommittee regarding America’s need for health reform. Her message? Small business owners need more health insurance options.
Owen called upon Congress to provide additional health insurance options for small businesses. These include allowing small businesses to band together across state lines to purchase insurance through trade and professional associations; tax credits for small businesses; improvements to health savings accounts (HSAs); and amendments to the tax code to make it easier for small businesses to offer cafeteria plans and flexible spending accounts. “Congress can, and should, consider legislation that can help small business owners like me,” said Owen.
Owen was invited by the United States Chamber to represent the small business community on this vital issue. Other expert witnesses on the nine-member panel included Elizabeth Edwards, wife of democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, and The Honorable Jon Corzine, governor of New Jersey.