Weyers Cave Businessman Reacts to Health Care Reform

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Health care reform is nearing a reality, and while the general public won't see changes for years, small businesses will get some financial assistance in the near future.

Small business with 10 or fewer employees could get a tax credit worth 35 percent of health insurance costs.

Brunk and Hylton Engineering Inc., Weyers Cave, has been in business for 25 years, and owner Jerry Brunk says the recession and rising health care costs have forced him to layoff employees recently.

His company has a policy that they pay 100 percent of the premiums for their employees. Brunk cited an example: one of his employees racked up $18,000 in health care costs over the last three years, $800 of which was covered by insurance.

He hopes that reform will give his company more insurance options that will drive down costs.

"For example, employees in their late 50's early 60's are paying roughly about $900 a month in health insurance costs," said Brunk about his staff. "That's just astronomical."

Brunk says his business has switched insurance companies last year because premiums increased by 50 percent.