Many owners of U.S. microbusinesses already get their health coverage from a government health insurance program: Medicare.
Ben Ryan has provided a look at where firms with five or fewer employees get their health insurance — if the owner or any of the employees have health insurance — in an analysis of data from a Gallup microbusiness survey sponsored by Sam’s Club, a unit of Walmart. Gallup polled 1,005 business owners ages 18 and older who live in the United States and the District of Columbia.
To qualify as a microbusiness, a firm had to have fewer than five employees even when the owner was included in the employee count.
Only 21 percent of the microbusiness owners with at least one employee provides health benefits — in part because many of the owners get their own coverage from an entity unrelated to the microbusiness.