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Oregon Coast Community College sponsors forum on “Affordable Care Act” in detail

Oregon Coast Community College
Meet in the Community Room, south side of main building

Oregon Coast Community College, College Commons Room
Tuesday, February 12, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Local Panel Will Discuss Affordable Health Care Act

Whether you are a businessperson or an individual, the Federal Affordable Health Care Act is coming your way bringing a new method of securing adequate health insurance for all, called Cover Oregon will offer a central market place for business owners and individuals to shop for health insurance plans. The Cover Oregon web site states: “An estimated 636,000 Oregonians are uninsured, and with health insurance premiums rising, access to quality, affordable health insurance coverage is becoming a greater challenge.”

On Oct. 1, 2013, Cover Oregon will launch an online central marketplace where individuals and small employers can shop, compare and enroll in health insurance plans and get financial assistance to help pay for coverage. Oregonians will also be able to obtain coverage and one-on-one help through insurance agents and community partners. Cover Oregon’s mission is to improve the health of all Oregonians by providing health affordable coverage, increase access to information, and foster quality and added value to our nation’s health care system.”

On Tuesday Feb 12, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, the Small Business Development Center will feature local medical, accounting and insurance professionals to discuss the changes in our nation’s way of offering health care insurance. Howard Adams, CPA, will discuss how the Affordable Care Act will affect the tax burden on local small business owners. John Dougherty, from Payne West Insurance, will share health insurance options available to the business community. Dr. Jerry Robbins, a local medical doctor, will relate his experience in serving the un-insured. He will discuss the new laws from a medical standpoint and discuss future possible options that may be available to the community.

Business owners and representatives from the medical and other professions are encouraged to attend and offer their perspectives and experiences.

The Affordable Care Act is in the beginning stages of being implemented. Our discussion will center on the outlines of the availability of the new coverage and possible tax consequences to small business owners.

Our intent is to avoid political debate surround the Affordable Care Act.

This meeting is open to the public and free of charge.

Contact Ron Spisso, OCCC Small Business Management Coordinator at RSpisso@occc.cc.or.us or 541-487-4855. Seating is limited so please call so we can accommodate you.

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