Local businesses invited to learn more about health care reform

CONYERS — Do you own a business and have questions about the new health care reform law?

Navigating the maze of health care reform can be a challenge, prompting the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and other entities to provide guidance for those companies still struggling to understand the complexities of the Affordable Care Act.

Health Care Reform University is a half-day workshop being offered to local businesses. The four-hour in-depth training is designed to help businesses better understand the health care law.

The event, presented by the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, Rockdale Medical Center and Nuvision Financial Corporation, is offered in two separate classes. The small group class is for companies that employ fewer than 50 people and takes place on Nov. 5. The large group class is for companies with 50 or more employees and is scheduled for Nov. 15.

There are overlaps in requirements for small and large businesses as related to the health care law, said Tony Wilson of Nuvision Financial, but some aspects are very specific to the size of the company, resulting in the small and large group classes.

Wilson, who operates Nuvision Financial Corporation, an employee benefits company in Conyers, will facilitate the classes. He underwent training to earn his designation as a Certified Federally Facilitated Marketplace broker allowing him to aid individuals and businesses with the health care Exchange.

“What we’re finding is that people are still terribly confused by this whole topic of health care reform and there is a lot of noise out there, some easy listening and then there’s a tremendous amount of static. If they get too caught up in listening to the Republicans or Democrats, they’re really not being informed in what’s in the law. Once you’re informed of that, then you can make a decision,” said Wilson.

The Health Care Reform University will be held at Rockdale Medical Center, 1412 Milstead Ave., East Tower, classroom 2, and runs from 7:45 a.m. to noon. The day includes breakfast and three sessions.

Topics covered include: an overview of health care reform; employer compliance issues; an explanation of how the health care Exchange works, and whether or not businesses should cancel health plans for employees; an explanation of subsidies and tax credits; individual and employer mandates; and the Small Business Health Options program.

The sessions will also provide employers with a time line of the unfolding of the law and its requirements, which will continue to progress into 2015.

Wilson said the Health Care Reform University is designed for business owners, human resource managers and even financial officers of companies.

“All we want to do is provide information on what’s in the law and the impact on individuals, small businesses and large employers,” said Wilson.

Wilson said that efforts are also being made to plan Health Care Reform University sessions for individuals as well.

The cost for the Health Care Reform University is $25 per attendee and includes breakfast and personal training notebooks. Reservations can be made at the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce website, www.conyers-rockdale.com under the Events tab.

The classes are open to both Chamber and non-Chamber members. The deadline for the small group class is Oct. 29 and the deadline for large group class is Nov. 8. Seating is limited and registration is required.

For more information, contact Katy Zahradnik at the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce at 770-483-7049 or at katy@conyers-rockdale.com.