House Speaker Pat Murphy of Dubuque has appointed State Representative Tyler Olson of Cedar Rapids as chair of the Health Care Services subcommittee that will examine ways to make health care more affordable for small businesses.

“Businesses large and small are struggling with the competitive disadvantage of rising health care costs that often get passed on to employees. I look forward to building on our association health plan legislation passed in 2007 by listening to consumers, businesses and health care leaders,” said Olson.

“After just one year in the House, Rep. Olson has quickly gained the respect of his colleagues through his hard work and ability to find consensus on complex issues. I trust Rep. Olson to help us find new ways to help small businesses control their high health care costs,” said Murphy.

Rep. Olson was also appointed to the House Commerce Committee, which considers all legislation regarding business, financial institutions, insurance, utilities and real estate. The Health Care Services subcommittee chaired by Olson is part of the Commerce Committee.

Olson also serves on Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, Ethics, Human Resources, and Ways and Means. A native of Cedar Rapids, Olson is an attorney at Bradley & Riley, PC and represents the 38th House District.