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Summit focusing on health care act

Chamber wants to help businesses prepare

POSTED: October 9, 2013 12:29 a.m.
 

The Affordable Health Care Act will be the focus of a chamber of commerce-organized summit set for Tuesday at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

While the law, dubbed Obamacare, has been politically divisive, summit organizers say the bottom line is that business owners need to learn about the changes.

“[It’s] something that’s hot on everybody’s agenda,” said Jason Mock, director of small business services for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Minyard, director and professor with Georgia State University’s Georgia Health Policy Center, will be the event’s keynote speaker.

According to Mock, Minyard will talk about the exchange program, timeframe for the business community and the true cost of the law.

“She is trying to be non-political, bringing it from a policy side on how it will affect our business community and our community as a whole,” Mock said. “It’s a great opportunity for folks to ask questions they might have, or might be hesitant to ask, just because of the nature of the bill.”

The chamber’s health care summit began in 2009. Last year’s topic was obesity.

“We try to do something every year that can bring the medical community and the business community together on a topic that really affects both parties,” Mock said.

“Forsyth County has over 8,000 businesses and we have a good number of them with 50 or more employees, and so this affects everybody.”

As of early this week, 50 people had registered. Mock said he expects a strong showing for the event, which was moved from a luncheon to a breakfast to avoid disrupting the workday.

While Minyard will be fielding questions during the event, Mock said it isn’t designed for one-on-one assistance.

“My advice to those individuals would be to follow up with her team,” he said. “I think she’d be willing to give out her information and her team would be willing to help.

“Sit down with a local CPA and local attorney ... and also your health care provider. I would look at them to see what they are offering and how they can help you structure your business and your employees.”

 

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