Small Businesses Get Schooled In Health Reform

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka (WIBW) - Small business leaders learned more Tuesday about how the health insurance reform law might impact them.

The Topeka Independent Business Association and Washburn University's Small Business Development Center were among those sponsoring the "Health Insurance 101: The New Law and Your Small Business" panel discussion.

Representatives from the insurance, health and business communities discussed costs and requirements of the law. Linda Sheppard of the Kansas Insurance Dept., independent insurance agent Tom Bryon, Melissa Hungerford of the Kansas Hospital Assoc., Brad Clothier of Preferred Health Systems, and Midway Wholesale founder Ken Daniel shared their perspectives and answered questions about issues from what will be required of businesses and individuals to how the law might impact choice in health care and insurance options.

Among the answers they had is that there are still a lot of questions.

David Lippe of Maci Publishing attended the discussion. He said it is frustrating to still be up in the air on what adjustments he might have to make for his employees, especially as he tries to plan budgets.

Rick Lejuerrne, director of WU's Small Business Development, says health reform is a concern among small businesses. He says the economy is tough and any additional costs right now would not be a good thing. He says the center will continue to serve as a resource for small businesses as the reform proceeds through implementation.

13's Melissa Brunner served as the facilitator for the discussion.

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