This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 11, 2010 - When Anthem Blue Cross of California recently proposed double-digit hike in some insurance premiums, the news jolted Arlene Zarembka, a lawyer in Clayton. The owner of a solo law practice, Zarembka has watched helplessly as the cost of health insurance has risen over the years for herself and her office employee.
Zarembka was concerned because she usually hears about her own premiums this time of year. But this year, she and other small business owners are getting a little good news about health-care costs for their employees. The federal health-reform law is expected to make insurance more affordable for some small businesses.