SC governor to sign bill for small businesses

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February 19, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C.---South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is signing a health care bill Tuesday he says will help small businesses.

He says it gives small businesses more flexibility to provide health insurance for their employees.

The bill allows a group of at least 10 small businesses to join together and negotiate cheaper insurance rates than an individual business could do.

Current law allows businesses to join together for health insurance. However, it sets a minimum of 1,000 employees. The new law would set set a minimum number of workers.

Sanford is signing the bill at an auto service shop in Columbia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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