As the extension period for COBRA benefits nears its end, small-business owners remain frustrated by the hefty subsidy they pay, even though they get a payback through a smaller federal tax bill. "It becomes a real cash flow problem for a business," said NFIB tax counsel Bill Rys. "Some say it's tough to make the payment." Still, unemployed workers will be hard-pressed to pay for insurance coverage unless lawmakers extend the program again.
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