SMALL BUSINESSES STRUGGLE WITH HEALTH COVERAGE

Small and medium-size companies tend to be unwilling to provide health coverage to their employees because it is too pricey, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American Hospital Association's Health Research and Educational Trust. The percentage of smaller firms (less than 200 employees) that offer health coverage has remained stagnant over the last three years at 60%. These trends are disturbing because of the strong economy. Experts worry that if we can't expand coverage in a healthy economy, we never will.