The Affordable Care Act impacts small businesses in Old Town

By Victoria Bowles

Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

OLD TOWN LANSING — As the Affordable Care Act continues to evolve, local small business consider the benefits of implementing health care plans. The Affordable Care Act does not penalize businesses with 50 or fewer employees for not providing health coverage, according to The goal is to give small businesses more affordable coverage options and tax credits, so more people have access to health insurance plans. Although many business owners in Old Town are aware of the new law’s possibilities, some said the benefits of health insurance cannot outweigh the cost because of limited staffing numbers. Craig Mitchell Smith Glass employs three full-time staff members and does not currently provide health insurance, but there is a possibility for this change in the future, said owner Craig Mitchell Smith. “As the business grows, so does its responsibilities,” said Smith.

Government actions affect many Americans

The American people will soon face the repercussions of recent governmental changes. From the Affordable Care Act to recent cuts in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, many people will find their lives changed, including folks who live within the two small Michigan towns of Bath and Dewitt. Affordable Health Care Act effects many

Tom Isanhart, auxiliary member at the Dewitt Veterans of Foreign Wars, says that the Affordable Health Care Act has not yet affected him. “It won’t affect me much, but it’ll effect everyone else,” said Isanhart. “Many will lose coverage because their employers would rather pay the fines than pay the costs of coverage.”

With food stamps being cut earlier this month, many are concerned by the loss of meals for families.

Youth could stay longer in foster care system

Capital News Service
LANSING — A new Department of Human Services (DHS) program would allow youth to remain in foster care until they turn 21. The voluntary program would allow participants to continue receiving foster care payments, health care and counseling after they turn 18. They would be eligible to remain in the program if they are employed at least 80 hours per month, are in school or a job training program, or if they can’t work or attend school due to a medical condition. Every year, around 600 youth age out of foster care, losing eligibility for funds that DHS officials say could help them transition into adulthood. Of the state’s 14,000 foster care youth, 585 will be eligible for the program this year.