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      Amarillo small business still unsure about health care policy

      If there's one thing Dr. Merten Pearson, owner of Noah's Ark Pet Hospital is sure about, it's that the Affordable Care Act is taking a toll on his business.

      "The news right now is that Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) has decided that they are not going to treat the professional employment organization that I use as a group," Pearson said.

      One week ago Pearson was facing a minimum increase of 20 percent in health care premiums, now he knows it's a 40-50 percent increase. He said BCBS decided it couldn't cover RMPersonnel under a group policy although the company has more than 1,500 employees.

      "This is kind of the worst case scenario on the Blue Cross Blue Shield because I had said in the previous interview that they had talked 20-30 percent at best, 40-50 percent at worst, well this is the 40-50 thing," Pearson said.

      Pronews 7 reached out to local Attorney Shawn Twing to find out exactly what small businesses can expect.

      "The first thing that they're facing is a lot of uncertainty and a lot of surprise. For example the ability to get coverage is in question for many and the ability to pay for it,"Twing said.

      He said for now, small businesses need to stay on top of their coverage and not wait until Jan. 1, 2014.