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Obamacare Removes Barriers For Women, Latino Entrepreneurs

January 5, 2014

TechCrunch

Two months ago Luz Rivas walked away from her job to work full-time on her startup, DIY Girls. As the founder and executive director of the group that is teaching girls about engineering and technology, Rivas had to solve for many variables as she transitioned to her dream job. Health insurance was at the top of the list.

On October 1 open enrollment for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” began. A study published in May predicted that the ACA would have the effect of creating 1.5 million more entrepreneurs nationwide, but how many of those will come from populations that traditionally are under-represented in the entrepreneurial world?

Rivas is almost 40, unmarried, and a freshly minted female entrepreneur who said that to her, healthcare is a “big deal.” While she said that health insurance won’t be the one thing to deter an entrepreneur, it…

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