March 15, 2009
This bill would allow a sole proprietor to participate in a small employer health benefit plan.
Texas law currently defines small employers as those having between two and fifty employees. This means that sole proprietorships are not eligible for the benefits of small group coverage, and must purchase insurance in the individual market, if at all.
This bill would amend the insurance code to include sole proprietorships in the definition of small employers, giving them access to health coverage, the ability to participate in health purchasing cooperatives, and other benefits.