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Nonprofit Employers Closer to being Included in Health Care Reform

by Brenda Peluso

Nearly all nonprofit employers face the same escalating health insurance costs as small for-profit employers.  Yet, while the House passed health care bill include provisions to help small for-profit businesses, it does not extend all of those reform benefits to nonprofit employees.  Thanks to Senator Snowe’s understanding of the issue and her strong advocacy, the bill passed by the Senate, provides a more inclusive “small employer” tax credit in Section 1421 to assist both small non-profit and for-profit employers.

Over the past six or seven months, we have been working to ensure that nonprofit employers are treated fairly in the health care reform debate and our elected representatives in Washington have been very supportive.   This morning, Representatives Michaud and Pingree signed onto a “Dear Colleague” letter urging House leadership to include language from section 1421 of the Senate bill in the final health care reform legislation.

We are hopeful that as this bill moves through the reconciliation process, small nonprofit employers will benefit from the ability to either offer health insurance to their employees for the first time or be able to continue offering coverage in a time when resources are diminishing and insurance premiums are rising.

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