As part of the Georgia Healthcare Coverage Project, five focus groups were conducted during the spring of 2003 to assess small business owners' opinions and attitudes regarding access to healthcare and expanding health coverage for Georgia's uninsured population. Business owners who do and do not provide health benefits to their employees participated in these discussions. During February and March 2004, an additional four focus groups were held only with small business owners who do not offer health insurance to their employees. The purpose of these discussions was to better understand the barriers that a small business faces in providing coverage for employees. Participants in the nine groups represented businesses with 2 to 46 employees and included service, manufacturing and retail establishments.
Both sets of focus groups were designed and facilitated by Georgia Health Decisions, a non-profit health research institution. This report summarizes the key findings.