Questions about new healthcare laws to be answered at luncheon

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Answers to questions about new healthcare laws may be found at the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce monthly membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 9. The luncheon will be held at New River Fellowship, 3252 East Interstate 20, Hudson Oaks.

David Orcutt, CEO of Weatherford Regional Medical Center, will be the featured keynote speaker for the luncheon. Orcutt has more than 12 years of healthcare management experience, most recently serving as the chief executive officer of Lake Granbury Medical Center. Orcutt served on active duty as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy for eight years, and retired as a Commander from the reserves in 2012. Orcutt holds a M.B.A. from The University of Texas and Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Texas Christian University.

Orcutt will address Chamber members, especially the small business owners that employee more than 50 people, who will be obligated to provide insurance for employees by 2015. Employers will need to provide information on how to buy insurance through the exchanges, how to sign up for benefits and who qualifies for subsidies. More than 60 percent of employees in Parker and Tarrant Counties will qualify for subsidies.

Uninsured and underinsured consumers will be affected by the new healthcare acts. These new laws will certainly affect business spending and could influence the growth of the economy. There are tax implications as well, especially with the expansion (or lack of expansion) of Medicaid.

“The new healthcare exchange can be challenging, so I would recommend all business owners and human resource employees to attend this luncheon,” said Lisa Flowers, President of the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce.

Reservations are required and can be made at Cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for anyone attending that is not a Chamber member.

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