CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The doors open early at Fresh Salon off Providence Road in south Charlotte and when they do, the place starts buzzing.
Owner Julia Vittorio dreamed of having her own salon, and for five years she’s lived the dream. She’s on the floor with clients, and in the back keeping the books. With 25 employees, she feels she has done well.
“I think you want the best for your employees. We are a small business, very much like a family, so I care very much about our staff,” she said.
Vittorio cared so much she offered her employees health insurance, even though she didn’t have to as a small business with less than 50 employees. She paid part of her employees’ premiums, but now will have to rethink that move, she fears.
“We’ve been proud to even carry it for this long, but it’s a concern for the future if we can keep doing it.”
There are many problems she and her staff are worried about. A new study says employees are not ready for the higher premiums and deductibles they may be faced with. In fact, the study says more than half of employees have less than one thousand dollars to pay for unexpected medical costs.