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Groups plan health care informational session for businesses

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, July 8, 2013, at 5:13 p.m.

A free informational session for businesses to learn more about the Affordable Care Act will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 24 at Southwestern College’s Messenger Hall, 100 College St. in Winfield, according to a news release.

Kerri Falletti, director of Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development, which is one of the event’s sponsors, said the organizers hope to provide the business community with a better understanding of what will be required of employers under the federal health care law.

“There are some unclear differences on the federal implementation and how the state of Kansas will implement the law,” Falletti said. “We want to clarify any confusion or overlaps on how that’s going to work.”

They also will provide tips to employers on long-term planning as different parts of the law are implemented, she said.

Speaker Steven Smith, an attorney with Hinkle Law Firm, will discuss the individual mandates and employer mandates, coverage for spouses and dependents, hourly rules and other safe harbors for businesses to comply, according to the release.

Linda Sheppard, special counsel and director of Health Care Policy and Analysis for the Kansas Insurance Department, will discuss what Kansas companies are doing to comply with the law, the expected enforcement procedures and the impact of Kansas using a federally run insurance exchange.

Falletti said the group may plan more events as other provisions of the law are implemented.

Other sponsors include the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce and the South Central Kansas Society of Human Resource Management.

For more information or to RSVP, e-mail dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org or call 620-221-9951 or 620-442-3094.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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