Health care forum to probe federal law, court case

Panelists well-versed in healthcare law, public policy and the political process will discuss the Affordable Care Act at May business luncheon.

CONCORD, N.H. – The Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, in partnership with the New Hampshire Hospital Association and New Hampshire Medical Society, will host a business forum on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the obligations it requires of businesses, as well as potential outcomes in light of the impending Supreme Court ruling and fall elections. "Band-Aid Fix or Miracle Drug? What Employers Need to Know About Federal Health Care Reform" will be held May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. It is sponsored by Elliot Health System and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

A group of panelists well-versed in healthcare law, public policy and the political process will discuss the current status of the ACA, what changes employers have experienced and will experience under the law, possible outcomes of the Supreme Court ruling, what a ruling of unconstitutional on the individual mandate could mean for the fate of the entire healthcare reform law, what an outright repeal of the ACA would mean, and where the country would go from there to address healthcare costs.

Although Congress passed the ACA in 2010, controversy persists and the law has been anything but absolute. Some of the reforms, such as 100 percent coverage for preventive care and no lifetime limits, have been implemented, while others, like mandatory insurance coverage for individuals, employer penalties and insurance exchanges, won't be effective until 2014.

"Amidst all the rhetoric and debate, employers continue struggling with what to do and how to prepare for changes to the health insurance landscape," said BIA President Jim Roche. "Adding to the uncertainty is the pending Supreme Court lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate and perhaps the entire law, as well as the outcome of the fall election and the ability of those who would repeal the ACA to succeed."

Panelists for the luncheon event include Douglas Dean, CEO, Elliot Health System; Bill Graham, VP for policy and government affairs, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Lisa Kaplan-Howe, policy director, New Hampshire Voices for Health; and Jeffrey Lungren, director, congressional and public affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The cost to attend the luncheon is $30 for BIA and Capitol Connect members and $45 for the general public. Register online at nhbia.org, Events Calendar or call 603-224-5388 x116 for information.