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Summit Chamber of Commerce plans Obamacare educational seminar

Kelsey Fowler
kfowler@summitdaily.com

Since March 2010, a new health care plan for the country has been lying in wait — signed into law, but not yet in effect. In seven days, the federal government will peel back the Band-Aid and start to see the impact as the changes are put in place.

The Summit Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Mountain College and Arrow Insurance are sponsoring an educational seminar on the new federally mandated health care legislation from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Breckenridge Colorado Mountain College campus.

The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare," will go into effect Oct. 1 and will impact nearly every American citizen and business owner. Maggie Lifland from Arrow Insurance will speak to these changes and answer questions from the audience during her presentation.

"I won't have all of the answers, but I'll be doing my research right up until the presentation," she said.

“Summit County is made up of so many small business owners and that entity is most impacted by this legislation.”

Mark Nunn
President, Summit Chamber of Commerce

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Mark Nunn, Summit Chamber of Commerce president, said he wanted to host a health care seminar to address local questions.

"Summit County is made up of so many small business owners and that entity is most impacted by this legislation," he said.

The presentation will cover the basic changes to the health care system and insurance coverage, as well as some highlights of the tax implications.

"This is an incredibly important subject in the scope of our audience," Nunn said. "It's incredible how many missing details are out there."

The seminar is open to individuals and business owners, with a maximum of 40 participants.

"People are seeing it in advertisements but not really understanding the nuances of what it means," Lifland said. "This law is going to change how all of us shop for insurance."

Lifland said that with one week to go, it's a critical time to get information out to the community — she's been getting a lot of phone calls from people with questions about the law.

"It's a big change because people have to make new decisions and navigate a new system," she said.

For Nunn, finding a way to get better, more accurate information to the public is important because of all the changes.

"It's a big game-changer for a lot of folks, and they need to know as much information as we can get them," he said.

To RSVP for the seminar, please call (970) 668-3811. Light refreshments will be served. As of Monday, there were still spaces available.