CREDC plans seminar to educate businesses on health care reform law



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A seminar on how the federal Affordable Care Act will affect Southwest Washington businesses is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. July 17, at Vancouver’s Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive. The event is organized by the Columbia River Economic Development Council and sponsored by numerous businesses and community organizations.

The seminar is designed to inform business owners, controllers, human resources managers and other administrators of local businesses with 30 or more employees about the new health care law. It will include updates on the Affordable Care Act, the Washington State Small Business Health Options Program Exchange, “Pay or Play” employer response strategies, and advice on implementation and compliance with the new law.

The keynote speaker will be DJ Wilson, CEO of Wilson Strategic Communications and leader of State of Reform (, an initiative to educate and stakeholders on health care reform issues in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Wilson also is a health care policy adviser to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Other scheduled speakers and panelists include: Greg Seifert, president, Biggs Insurance in Vancouver; Jean Roque, president, Trupp HR, a Portland human resources consulting and outsourcing firm; Sarah Friend, The Partners Group, a Portland employment services consulting firm; Sue Hennessy, Kaiser Permanente vice president of strategic planning and health plan services; Dr. Prasanna Krishnasamy, Legacy Health internal medicine; and Sarah Cave, vice president of strategy, innovation and development for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

The cost is $35 per person. Register at