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How The Affordable Care Act Affects Builders
John Caulfield / Builder / October, 2012
During her 13 years with the HBA of Greater Chicago, the executive director Rita Unzner has pushed for broader access to health care insurance for the group’s members. Many of the HBA’s 200 builders can’t afford to offer this benefit to their employees, some of whom “have children with illnesses and other problems that can break families” financially, she says.
In September, the HBA launched an online portal through which builders and employees can apply for health care insurance. It’s modeled after a similar access point the Wisconsin Builders Association set up about a year ago, says the group’s executive vice president, Jerry Deschane. Builders can compare different insurance carriers’ plans and get multiple price quotes. They can also put together their own plan online, the way some automakers allow customers to “build” and customize a new car on their websites.