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Blair Business Forced to Cut Costs by Dropping Dependents

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BLAIR(KPTM)-Obamacare has one Blair business taking drastic measures to keep its employees insured, but their families could be out of luck.

Country Tire is a second-generation family-owned business with a sense of tradition. General Manager Eric Howland says it's always been a priority to provide employees with competitive benefits.

But Howland says new rules under Obamacare have increased the cost of insurance. Now buying health insurance for Country Tire's employees and their dependents is something he says he just can't afford to do anymore. "It's been a tough deal for us because we're such a family-oriented company," said Howland.

So he's insuring his employees and helping them pay the higher premiums under the business' new plan. But their families are out of luck and insurance. Howland has enlisted the help of his agent to find the spouses and children of his workers coverage. "We've tried to take a personal approach to help each employee out," said Howland.

Howland adds though his business has been through tough times before, this is a step he never thought he'd have to take. "With the flood and drought, those are natural disasters that did impact our business. But I didn't have to go to an employee and say 'hey, I'm cutting your benefits,'" said Howland.

Another unexpected expense- a fee of $65, Howland will have to pay for each employee he covers under his new plan.

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