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Tennessee Small Business Health Insurance

There are different Tennessee health insurance laws regarding health insurance for small businesses and the self-employed. Often these types of health insurance policies are easier to qualify for than an individual health insurance policy, even if you are not in the best of health.

This guide:

  • Describes small business health insurance laws in Tennessee.

  • Briefly explains self-employed Tennessee health insurance.

  • Alerts you to a beneficial tax deduction.

We also have a guide to Tennessee health insurance for families and individuals.

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Tennessee small business health insurance regulations

Tennessee health insurance companies must sell small business health insurance to any small business. Qualifying Tennessee small businesses must be offered the same health insurance sold to other Tennessee small business. To be eligible a small business must have employees totalling between 2 and 50.

There are two requirements Tennessee health insurance companies may request that small businesses follow.

First, employees must meet a minimum level of participation in order to qualify for Tennessee small business health insurance. Depending upon the health insurance company, a percentage of employees must purchase the policy or the Tennessee small business health insurance policy will be terminated.

Second, the employer may have to pay a portion of each employee's premiums. If this is not agreed to, it is legal for an insurance company to refuse to sell the group a Tennessee small business health insurance policy.

If both requirements are met, Tennessee health insurance companies must sell health insurance to any small business that applies.

On a different note, the cost of Tennessee small business health insurance is only slightly limited. The price of Tennessee small business health insurance can fluctuate due to the health status of the employees, but within boundaries.

Finally, as with individual health insurance policies, illness can not be used as grounds for terminating an Tennessee small business health insurance policy.

Self-employed Tennessee health insurance

States handle health insurance for the self-employed differently. In Tennessee, if you are the sole employee and owner of a business, you can not purchase an Tennessee small business health insurance policy.

Instead, you should purchase an individual Tennessee health insurance policy. Although solely responsible for purchasing your health insurance, you have one great advantage.

As a self-employed business owner, you are eligible to deduct a portion of your Tennessee health insurance premiums from your taxes. If you itemize your tax deduction, up to 80% of your premiums can be deducted.

More TN small business health insurance help

If you want more help getting the a good health insurance policy, read our guide to small business health insurance.

To find out more about TN group health insurance laws and regulations, visit the official website of the Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Administration.

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