Health-reform impact unsure

The passing of the recent health reform will have unknown effects on Oregon’s small businesses.

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Rising medical insurance costs have been a problem for many small-business owners in Oregon, and the impact of the recent health reform is still unknown.

Finding affordable health-care options has been a challenge for small businesses, and has only gotten more complicated over the years. Health reform will add to the complexity.

“Agents are spending a lot of time these days educating the employers about the state mandates and now we are moving to the federal mandates,” says benefits manager Julie Doran of Keelson Partners in downtown Portland…

Many of her clients, especially businesses with less than 50 employees, are frustrated by years of rising premium costs and galloping medical care expenses and the fact they can do little to control either.

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