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Chamber to host panel on health care reform


Staff Writer


Health care reform will be a topic of discussion during an upcoming panel hosted by the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce.

With parts of the “Affordable Care Act” to take effect in 2014, the Chamber decided to organize the event to help prepare local businesses and individuals with the information they may need regarding the changes being implemented and to prevent the reform measures from sneaking up on them.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Lincoln Cultural Center and is being organized by the Chamber’s Small Business Council, including Brad Rivers, director of the Small Business Center at Gaston College.

The opportunity will allow participants to “learn some strategies from a panel of local experts that will not only share their knowledge to help you through the health care reform maze, assist in making you compliant, but may also save you money on your health care costs,” noted a Chamber press release about the event.

Chamber President Ken Kindley said other chambers of commerce are holding similar events to help people better understand what all the new law entails.

“We all need to know more about what is going to happen with health care in the future, especially since national health care legislation has been passed that will affect individuals, small and large businesses and industries,” he said.

Kindley noted that Melisa Harrison, the Chamber’s current chair of the board, had also been interested in doing a program on the topic. An insurance agent with 1st Advantage Insurance Group, Harrison will serve as one of the panelists for the forum.

Others panelists include Jason Cogdill, a benefits and ERISA attorney based in Winston-Salem, and Greg Clarke, senior benefit consultant with Benefit Controls Companies.

Those who have more questions than answers regarding the future of health care, or who don’t even know what questions to ask in the first place, are encouraged to attend, noted the release.

For more information and to reserve a spot, call the Chamber at (704) 735-3096.



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