Chamber fighting for cheaper health insurance for small business

Chamber fighting for cheaper health insurance for small businesses

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The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is fighting to make more health insurance available at a cheaper cost.

It supports the Department of Labor's proposed rule to use associated health plans. That would make purchasing the plans easier with an arrangement through a group of other small employers.

Chamber president Eddie McBride says it's part of the chamber's fight for small businesses, since 90 percent have fewer than 15 employees.

"Anything that helps us band together as business groups to offer a different plan is hopefully not only going to be more affordable to small businesses, it gives them an opportunity for small business pools to look like a large business pool," he said.

McBride hopes the rule allows employers who weren't able to offer insurance plans to give employees benefits, thanks to the lower costs.

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