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VOL. 130 | NO. 62 | Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Seminar to Outline Health Care Act’s Impact on Small Business

By Andy Meek

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Some 231,000 Tennessee residents have signed up for health coverage or reenrolled through health insurance marketplaces born out of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature piece of domestic legislation implemented five years ago.

2015 Health Care Reform Seminar

Who: Keynote speakers: Steve Dunavant, managing director, CBIZ MHM LLC, and Ken Rideout, president, CBIZ Benefits & Insurance

Panelists: Dr. George F. Wortham III, executive director, clinical services, MetroCare Physicians; Chirag Chauhan, partner and director of financial services, The Barnett Group; and Julie Wells, attorney, Evans Petree PC

What: The 2015 Health Care Reform Seminar will take a look at how the Affordable Care Act is impacting businesses and what business owners and executives need to know to ensure their companies are in compliance.

When: Thursday, April 2, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Where: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

Registration: http://bit.ly/MEMhealth2015

 

In a statement this month marking the milestone anniversary for the controversial law, Obama made prepared remarks that included his insistence that the Affordable Care Act is helping push back against “an inefficient system with a lot of waste that didn’t also deliver the kind of quality that was needed.”

Meanwhile, this tax season is the first one since the law’s passage that will find consumers now subject to its financial implications and potential consequences. Its aftermath continues to be felt as consumers and businesses try to wrap their arms around what it all means – and what they need to do.

To that end, The Daily News is preparing to host the latest in its regular seminar series, this time around the topic of the Affordable Care Act – specifically, taking a look at its effect on small business and on what small business entrepreneurs need to know.

The newspaper’s seminar on “Health Care Reform: The Effect on Small Business,” takes place April 2, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and will be held in the auditorium of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art at 1934 Poplar Ave. The seminars are always keynoted by experts and professionals from the field, and this time that slot will be shared by two representatives of the professional services company CBIZ.

Steve Dunavant, CBIZ MHM LLC managing director, and Ken Rideout, CBIZ Benefits and Insurance president, will lead the discussion. Joining them will be a panel of experts representing fields that include the law, employee benefits and, of course, health care.

The panel includes Dr. George Wortham, executive director of MetroCare Physicians; Chirag Chauhan, partner and director of financial services for The Barnett Group; and Julie Wells, an attorney with Evans Petree PC.

To be sure, the Affordable Care Act has proven to be no panacea. Just this month, for example, Church Health Center president Antony Sheehan told The Daily News the amount of people in the Memphis area who lack health care coverage remains large, the task of caring for them formidable.

“The need in the community is very, very significant,” he said. “And the need exists at a number of levels, really. First, there’s the continuing issue of a significant number of people who are uninsured and can’t get access to health care.”

That alone suggests there are blind spots and holes in the Affordable Care Act’s safety net. The newspaper’s seminar will take a deeper look at the complex realities of those holes, plus many other facets of the legislation.

Each seminar concludes with an opportunity to continue the discussion at a wine and cheese reception. To register or for more information, visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com or contact Leah Sansing at 901-528-8122 or leah@memphisdailynews.com.

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