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Affordable Care Act Workshops

Now that we know the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will stay and will be implemented in our state, it’s time to get ready for the changes coming in 2014. 

Governor Martinez has announced that our state will now move forward with establishing a Health Insurance Exchange - the market place where consumers and small employers (including nonprofits) can shop for the best coverage for themselves and their employees. ACA tax incentives to assist small employers to provide insurance to employees has already kicked in, and additional sections of the law will come into effect in 2014 to make it more affordable and predictable for small businesses to cover their staff.

The Nonprofit Resource Center, in collaboration with WNMU’s Small Business Development Center and Hidalgo Medical Services, will offer two trainings in January designed to get you ready - as a consumer and as an employer. The presentations will be led by Nandini Pillai Kuehn, Ph.D., MHA, Health Services Consulting. Mark your calendars: ACA for consumers on January 16, 4:30-6:00 pm, and ACA for small employers on January 17 9:00 am to 12 noon. Location Global Resource Center at WNMU.  

I.  The Affordable Care Act for Individuals: January 16th, 2013, 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm

This presentation will help you understand how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect you and your community. The law is here to stay, and it is designed to help those without insurance find coverage that is affordable. The presentation will look at how the law affects health care for all New Mexicans – your children, young adults, students, men, women, working families, the elderly and the retired. Topics covered will include: How insurance reforms will affect you if you already have insurance or if you are seeking coverage for the first time; how it will affect those on Medicare; what the Affordable Care Act will do for providers of service in rural new Mexico; and how it will affect Medicaid. The presentation will also address the many “myths” that have emerged about the law and address these issues. The presentation will last one hour followed by another hour of questions from attendees.

II. The Affordable Care Act for Employers: January 17th, 2013,  9:30 am-11:30 am

Small employers, both for-profit and nonprofit need to understand how the Affordable Care Act could affect coverage for their employees and families. The law provides for the development of Health Insurance Exchanges through which employers (and individuals) can purchase affordable coverage. The presentation will address the following: how the law defines small versus large employers; how it will affect small employers versus large employers; the nature and scope of the requirement that all employers provide health care coverage to their employees; impact on employers who are already providing coverage to their employees; and how nonprofits will be affected. We will also look at the role of brokers, and new options for wellness programs that employers can provide. The presentation will last one hour followed by another hour of questions from attendees.

Nandini Pillai Kuehn has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and an MHA from the University of Minnesota in Health Care Administration. She has over fifteen years of experience in hospital and health care administration and has worked in health care in California, Canada and Australia before returning nine years ago to live in New Mexico. She has been involved in health reform at the state and national level and has spoken extensively on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She has run her own consulting company for fifteen years with a focus on health policy and systems evaluation and is Director of Health Services Consulting. She is also President of the Board of New Mexico Health Connections, a consumer operated and oriented health plan that was funded through a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

An archive of SBDC Business Reports can be found at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/archived-items.

Western New Mexico University’s SBDC offers assistance to entrepreneurs who are starting a business or wanting to expand an existing business. These services are available at no cost. Call 538-6320 for an appointment with a business advisor, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The SBDC office is located on the second floor of the Besse-Forward Global Resource Center on 12th Street. More information may be found at www.nmsbdc.com/silvercity/index.html.

Visit the WNMU Small Business Development Center web site to see the 2012 Client of the Year, Bear Mountain Lodge. www.nmsbdc.com/silvercity/index.html

Contact the SBDC office for information about the workshops:
* January 16 - The Affordable Care Act for Individuals
* January 17 - The Affordable Care Act for Employers

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