What Next? The Status of Health Care Reform: Are we at the crisis point with the ACA, and what is the future of health insurance in 2018?
Bangor Savings Bank, 5 Senator Way, Augusta, Maine
December 12, 2017
8:00 am to 11:00 am


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About the Event

After two failed attempts to eliminate and re-write the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the 7 year old law remains essentially untouched - from a statutory perspective.  But the Trump Administration has begun implementing a series of rule changes that will have a significant effect on the implementation and effectiveness of the law.  As a result, much is in flux.  Will Congress come to consensus on how to address our health care dilemma? Will they agree to “fix” many of the recognized flaws in the ACA? Will lawmakers agree to a new law to replace the ACA?  Or will the issue remain gridlocked?

Join us for a morning long forum that explores this critical issue for Maine businesses on Tuesday, December 12, at Bangor Savings Bank, Augusta, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This will be an informative presentation on the status of the national health care reform law heading into 2018.

NEW this year we are plan something a little different; to get a national policy perspective, we have invited the health policy experts from the our Congressional offices who will participate in our first hour panel discussion:

  • Sen. Susan Collins (R) - Kevin Kelly;
  • Sen. Angus King (I) - Marge Kilkelly;  and,
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree (D) - Bethany K Beausang.

It is our hope that the panel can help our attendees understand where we stand now with respect to the ACA, and what may or may not happen in the next Congress regarding national health policy.  Our panel of experts, will be moderated by Katie Mahoney, Director of Health Care Policy, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Following our federal policy discussion, we will be joined by a Maine- based panel of stakeholders to react to the federal discussion, as well as discuss what options Maine might consider in the next twelve months with respect to our health care system, and what it all means for Maine businesses.  Our panel includes:

  • Maine Bureau of Insurance: Eric Cioppa, Superintendent
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine: TBA
  • MaineHealth: Al Swallow, Executive Vice President  & Treasurer
  • Cross Insurance: Eric Jermyn, President of Cross Employee Benefits 

Following our react panel, forum attendees will have the chance to ask both groups questions about the morning’s presentations and discussions.

This issue is at center stage in Washington, D.C., and across the country. We think our program will provide businesses with valuable insight as they make critical decisions for themselves and for their employees.

You won't want to miss this informative and timely presentation on the status of the national health care reform law, and what you as a business in Maine need to know as we head into 2018. 

This is a free event but seating is limited so pre-registration is a must and available here.  Questions? Please email Joyce at jlaroche@mainechamber.org


Event Sponsors

Premier Sponsor: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Presenting Sponsors: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Program Sponsor: Cross Insurance
University of New England
Supporting Sponsors: Community Health Options
MaineHealth