Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Andrea Billings, the Administrator for the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust, was the featured speaker at a panel entitled, Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, at the recent Arizona Association of School Business Officials (AASBO) conference in Tucson, Arizona.
Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) serves tens of thousands of school district employees and their families, providing health care, dental insurance and other benefits through group purchasing. Keeping their members informed and up-to-date on changes in the health care landscape is just one of their goals. As part of a 3 hour Panel Session conference on Health Care Reform, Andrea Billings brought vital information to business officials from around the state of new implementation rules and costs.
Assisting Andrea Billings from Valley Schools was Michael Saavedra from United Healthcare, and several others from local organizations. The moderator was Kathy A. Steadman from Hennelly & Steadman PLC. AASBO members packed the room, asking detailed questions of the panel.
Passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform laws represent the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The impact of the implementation of these laws will be far-reaching, evolving and challenging for all schools and districts in Arizona. The Workshop provided a unique opportunity for an in-depth discussion and exploration of this vital topic. Covering such areas as the individual mandate, penalty provisions, part-time vs. full-time definitions, notification requirements, resource allocation, strategic budgeting options and a host of other topics, come join in this important session to make sure your district is prepared for 2014 and beyond.