What Next? The Status of Health Care Reform: Are we at the crisis point with the ACA, and what is the future of health insurance in 2018?
Bangor Savings Bank, 5 Senator Way, Augusta, Maine
January 22, 2018
8:00 am to 11:00 am


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About the Event

After two failed attempts to eliminate and re-write the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the now seven-year-old law remains essentially untouched from a statutory perspective. However, the Trump Administration has begun implementing a series of rule changes that will have a significant effect on the implementation and effectiveness of the law. As a result, much is in flux. Will Congress come to consensus on how to address our health care dilemma? Will they agree to “fix” many of the recognized flaws in the ACA? Will lawmakers agree to a new law to replace the ACA?  Or will the issue remain gridlocked?

Join us for a morning forum that explores this critical issue for Maine businesses on Tuesday, December 12, at Bangor Savings Bank in Augusta, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This will be an informative presentation on the status of the national health care reform law heading into 2018.

New this year! We have invited the health policy experts from Maine’s congressional delegation’s offices to get a national policy perspective. Kevin Kelley from the office of Sen. Susan Collins, Marge Kilkelly from the office of Sen. Angus King, and Bethany K. Beausang from the office of Rep. Chellie Pingree will participate in our first-hour panel discussion. It is our hope that the panel helps attendees understand where we stand now with respect to the ACA, and what may or may not happen in the next Congress regarding national health policy. Our panel of experts will be moderated by Katie Mahoney, executive director of health policy with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Following our federal policy discussion, a Maine-based panel of stakeholders will react to the federal discussion, as well as discuss what options Maine might consider in the next 12 months with respect to our health care system, and what it all means for Maine businesses. Our panel includes Eric Cioppa, superintendent of the Maine Bureau of Insurance; Dan Corcoran, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine; Al Swallow, executive vice president and treasurer of MaineHealth; and, Eric Jermyn, president of Cross Employee Benefits for Cross Insurance.

Following our reaction panel, forum attendees will have the chance to ask both groups questions about the morning’s presentations and discussions.
This issue is at center stage in Washington, D.C., and across the country. This program will provide businesses with valuable insight as employers make critical decisions for themselves and for their employees. You won’t want to miss this informative and timely presentation on the status of the national health care reform law, and what you as a business in Maine need to know as we head into 2018.

For more information or if you have any questions, please email jlaroche@mainechamber.org.


Event Sponsors

Premier Sponsor: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Presenting Sponsors: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Program Sponsor: Cross Insurance
University of New England
Supporting Sponsors: Community Health Options
MaineHealth