Affordable Care Act to impact local businesses

Yuma

Affordable Care Act to impact local businesses

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Story by: Tim Lavigne, Meteorologist and Reporter

YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Starting Tuesday, millions of Americans will be able to buy medical coverage through new health insurance marketplace exchanges.

It's the biggest overhaul of healthcare in the U.S. since the 1960's that will impact small businesses in Yuma and their employees.

The bottom line here is that buying coverage is going to cost the every day worker who is not currently covered by health insurance a little more than $200 per month.

After a tough summer for business here in Yuma, local establishments like Burgers and Beer (321 West 20th Street) stand to take another hit.

Because Burgers and Beer employs more than 50 workers, they are required to provide medical coverage to their staff.

Marvin Sevilla, one of the restaurant's bartenders, is trying to save every penny he can.

He says if he had to pay out of pocket for healthcare coverage, he'd feel the pinch.

"Minimum wage is minimum wage, you know. Minimum," Sevilla said. "That's a big fraction of my checks, which is my school fund."

Sevilla says paying for healthcare coverage won't break his budget, but "right now, I really don't need that."

Almost one million Arizonans do not have insurance.

Twenty-two percent of them are children under the age of 19.

 

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