Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Hosts Conference on Affordable Care Act

Sep 12, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the subject of an all-day conference by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in downtown Lexington today. 

Based on an identical event held in Louisville last week, the conference is intended to educate local businesses about the details of the new health care law.

Tad Myre of the law firm Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs, which organized the conference, says that the tone was very much set by the recent Supreme Court decision.

“The reason we decided to have this conference now is we were waiting to see which way the Supreme Court went on the constitutionality of that act.  If it had knocked the whole thing down, we would have had a completely different conference.”

According to Myre, today’s conference serves as a follow up to one the firm and the Chamber held two years ago.

Subjects include new institutions set up under the law, such as health insurance exchanges, but  Margaret Young Levi, also of Wyatt, Tarrant, and Combs, says companies are most interested in the regulatory consequences.

“I think they’re very interested in what they have to do to comply with the affordable care act, and what they need to do as far as their employee benefits.  That’s the biggest change for employers.”

Prominent speakers included officials from Kentucky’s Health Benefit Exchange and the Executive Director of the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.  The conference continues until 5:00 this afternoon.