Affordable Care Act seminar takes place Tuesday |

Affordable Care Act seminar takes place Tuesday

The Glenwood Insurance Agency (GIA) is sponsoring a “Straight Talk about the Affordable Care Act” seminar with the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association (GSCRA) from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, in The Loft at the Hotel Denver. Scott Bolitho, a partner and benefits consultant with GIA, will bring 23 years of experience and trusted local industry leadership to the table in giving straight answers to a complicated subject. He will discuss topics like: What is the Affordable Care Act? How will complying with the law affect your bottom line? What can you expect as 2014 approaches? Cost of the seminar is $10, including continental breakfast, program and materials.

According to the Harris poll, despite its claim to reduce health-care premiums for both individuals and small businesses, 77 percent of small-business owners polled believe the health-care law will make coverage for their employees more expensive, and 71 percent said the law makes it harder for them to hire more employees. In 2014, the ACA Employer Shared Responsibility provision mandates that companies with 50 or more workers must offer health-insurance coverage to employees or face substantial fines.

Michael McCallum, board chair for the GSCRA stated, “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed by the United States Senate on Christmas Eve 2009 and signed into law by President Obama in March 2010. Obviously, a 2700-page law that is still being written and affects 18 percent of the nation’s GDP has businesses very concerned. Business owners need information so that they can plan ahead, particularly for the 2014 mandates.”

Joining Bolitho will be Chris McDowell, president & CEO of the Aspen Clinic, which is part of a “Medical Neighborhood” that includes Glenwood Medical Associates (Glenwood Springs); Roaring Fork Physicians (Carbondale); and Mid-Valley Family Practice (Basalt/El Jebel). McDowell will address the medical neighborhood model and how the valley’s primary care physicians can assist employers in managing their employee health from Workman’s Comp to Wellness Programs.

Space is limited, and reservations are required. Register for the event online at or call Angie Anderson at the GSCRA: 970-945-0784.

The seminar will be recorded for rebroadcast on Comcast Cable Channel 10 (see television listings for details) and streamed online after May 22 at

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