CUMBERLAND — This November marks another important deadline for small business owners and Human Resource professionals — the opening of the Healthcare Marketplace. With the opening of the marketplace comes a number of important decisions to be made that will affect the benefits packages of employees.
The Cobb Chamber is working to educate Cobb and the metro Atlanta region on the new elements going into effect this year with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with its 2014 Health Care Summit, presented by WellStar. The summit features a thoughtfully curated lineup of speakers and panel discussions. During this five-hour event, attendees will be able to interact with a host of legal, insurance and medical experts and develop a plan of action for their business.
“Our Health Care Summit is one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the country,” says David Connell, president and CEO of the Cobb Chamber. “This summit will give you a clear understanding of what Healthcare Reform means for your organization and how to make the best decisions for your employees.”
When it comes to the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act, there always seem to be more questions than answers. The summit navigates through the legislation, giving attendees an impressive toolkit for compliance through these informative sessions:
• Health Care Challenges & Changes Regionally & Nationally
• Wellness Programs That Work
• Options for Georgia’s Businesses in 2015—Strategies for the Affordable Health Care Act
• Small Business Solutions: Insurance Panel
• Future of Care: Innovations & Changes in Healthcare
Impacting Your Workplace
In Workplace Visions, a publication of the Society for Human Resource Management, HR professionals were nearly unanimous in their response to a recent survey on the impact of health care costs. A total of 99 percent of respondents said the continuing high cost of employee health care coverage in the United States would have at least some effect on the workplace in the next five years (79 percent said it would have a “major impact” and 20 percent said a “minor impact”). This legislation impacts every business, even those with under 50 employees that are not offering health care. Misconceptions related to compliance abound. It’s not as easy as just dropping coverage and paying the fine, or classifying workers as independent contractors, or splitting your organization into separate LLCs. Offering minimum coverage to avoid the fine and leaving employees to get subsidies through the Healthcare Exchange isn’t a viable solution either.
During the “Options for Georgia’s Businesses in 2015” session, David Bottoms, senior vice president of benefits at The Bottoms Group, and David Cole, partner at Freeman, Mathis & Gary, will deliver specific action items for companies of all categories—from companies under 50 employees not offering insurance and large companies to companies with independent contractors and large companies not offering coverage.
Health care is affecting how companies hire and many companies are finding ways to control coverage costs without eliminating benefits for their employees. The 2014 Health Care Summit features a long list of experts who can tell you what you need to know, how to stay in compliance and what the future holds. Attendees can get the best insight for their company from these distinguished speakers: Reynold Jennings, CEO of WellStar Health System; Blair Childs, senior vice president of Public Affairs at Premier, Inc.; Morgan Kendrick, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia; Dan Styf, senior vice president of operations of Piedmont WellStar HealthPlans; Rich Novack, president and general manager, MidSouth Markets at Cigna; Garland G. Scott, CEO of United Healthcare of the Carolinas and United Healthcare of Georgia; and Mike Harsh, vice president and chief technology officer at GE Energy.
Want go go?
2014 Health Care Summit
DATE: Monday, Aug. 18
TIME: 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Cobb Galleria Centre.
COST: $69 to $109.
REGISTER by Aug. 13