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Forum on federal health-care reform to aid employers

staff report • Feb 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Health-care reform has raised countless questions among American patients and providers in the two years since the legislation became law.

The issue is especially complex for business owners who will be impacted by requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

To help area employers better understand new federal laws pertaining to health insurance coverage for employees, Wellmont Health System will hold an interactive forum for business owners.

The Healthcare Reform Employer Forum will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 8,in the Monarch Auditorium at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

In partnership with Nash & Powers Insurance, Wellmont has assembled a diverse panel of experts representing a cross-section of the health care, business and legal industries. After brief presentations, the panel will answer questions from the audience.

Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont’s president and CEO; Al Holifield, an attorney and founder of Holifield & Associates law firm; Jud Powers, president and CEO of Nash & Powers; and David Oakley, president and CEO of Strongwell, will serve on the panel. DeNarvaez and Holifield will also make presentations.

“We know this topic is of great concern to many of our region’s employers, so we’re glad to provide access to information and education about health-care reform and how it will impact business owners,” said Tracy Gray, director of Wellmont Business Health Solutions. “We are happy to help business owners understand the road ahead and plan for the future.”

The forum is free and open to the public, but those who plan to attend are asked to register by calling Wellmont Business Health Solutions at 230-8566.

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