Orange Country Register: 75% of Calif. firms offer employee health insurance

Three-fourths of California small-business owners offer health insurance to their employees, compared with 59% of owners nationwide, according to the newly released semi-annual Small Business Monitor by American Express OPEN.

The credit card giant has been surveying owners of businesses with fewer than 100 employees for 11 years. Only last fall, 38% said they offer employee health insurance.

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