Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
April 14, 2003
Contact: Lewis Simmons
Phone: (512) 463-0130

Senate Approves Measure to Help Small Businesses Provide Health Care

AUSTIN --The Texas Senate has passed legislation aimed at helping small businesses provide affordable health care for their employees.

"I was proud to co-author this important legislation and happy that the Senate is addressing the issue of affordable health care for working Texans," said Senator Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls.

"When 68 percent of uninsured Texans currently have a job and most are employed by small businesses, we know we have a problem with access to affordable health care," he said.

Senate Bill 10 addresses the problem of high cost health insurance by allowing small businesses to form group health cooperatives with other small and large businesses to effectively obtain coverage for their employees.

Large corporations can leverage lower insurance premium costs by spreading the cost across a larger group of employees. Small businesses have fewer employees and cannot spread those same costs. Therefore, many small businesses are unable to provide health care coverage, leaving many Texans with little or no access to health care outside of the emergency room.

"Senate Bill 10 is not the magic bullet that solves the problem of uninsured Texans. However, it is an important piece of the puzzle of helping working Texans gain access to affordable health care coverage," Estes said.

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