Business Forum Explores Health Care Reform

How will the national health care reform law affect consumers, employers, payers, and providers? That is the subject of a Business Forum Wednesday, March 7, that will include a panel of experts and a moot court preview of the issues that will be decided by the Supreme Court.

“Health Care Reform: What Does It Mean?” will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. in Salon A at the Peabody Little Rock hotel with the program at 5:30 p.m.

The UALR College of Business event is sponsored by Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Arkansas Mutual Medical Professional Liability Insurance, and Delta Dental of Arkansas in partnership with UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Arkansas Business Publishing Group.
“We will begin with a preview of U.S. Supreme Court deliberations of the individual mandate to buy health insurance, with Dean John DiPippa of the Bowen School of Law leading colleagues in a brief moot court of this argument,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Powell, UALR’s Whitbeck Chair of Economics and Finance. “This will be followed by two expert panels discussing and answering questions about the effects of health care reform laws as provisions of health care reform legislation take effect.”

In addition to Powell and DiPippa, a diverse set of experts will address these issues from the perspectives of consumers, employers, health care providers, and public and private insurers. The panelists include:
• Peter Banko, president of St. Vincent Health System
• Mike Brown, executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Calvin Kellogg, senior vice president and chief strategy officer, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
• Cindy Crone, planning director of Health Benefits Exchange
• Greg Hatcher, owner of The Hatcher Agency
• Nick Thompson, attorney for United Health Care
• Craig Wilson, senior policy and legal analyst, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to or 501-569-3356.

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