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The Question: Do small businesses have to offer their employees health plans under the Affordable Care Act?
Jean Scally runs the marketing firm Jeanius Marketing from her Encinitas condo. She meets with clients throughout the country via a webcam in her home office. The space is peppered with personal keepsakes – signs she’s a Bostonian, a rock climber, a surfer and also a “solopreneuer.”
That’s what she calls someone who owns and operates her business solo. Scally does it all, with help from the occasional independent contractor.
But she just scored a contract with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and is looking to grow from a staff of one to a staff of two or three. She said she’d like to serve the local economy by hiring single moms and veterans, but she’s worried she can’t afford to pay their salaries and health insurance.