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LSBDC at ULM and LHEC to host affordable care act training for small businesses

Published December 4, 2013

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center, hosted by the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition are joining forces to educate small businesses about the Affordable Care Act.

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“The Affordable Care Act is something that all small businesses should be aware of,” said Rande Kessler, LSBDC state director.

“Our goal is to help small businesses across Louisiana better understand how the new laws may have an impact on their business, as well as equip them to make informed decisions.”

The presentation, titled “Navigating the Affordable Care Act,” will take place from 8:30-10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Anna Gray Noe Alumni Center, located at 4400 Bon Aire Drive in Monroe on the ULM campus.
The cost is $20 to attend. To register, visit www.lsbdc.org/ulm

The seminar will cover key small business provisions of the federal healthcare law and the new Health Insurance Marketplace, which opened Oct. 1.
Specific topics include: Four questions employers must ask themselves; new rules for applicable large employers; definition of Affordable Coverage; taxes and penalties; grandfathering and current benefits to groups; and employee notification procedures.

About the LSBDC:

Last year, through its partnership with Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the LSBDC statewide network served 17,000 entrepreneurs—creating 964 new jobs, 165 new businesses, $54 million in capital, and helping generate $17 million in new state income tax revenue.

Designated and funded as the state’s principal provider of small business assistance by Louisiana Economic Development, the Louisiana Small Business Development Center is the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides business consulting to entrepreneurs at no cost.

Through a network of university and community college supported centers, the LSBDC provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing businesses.

About the LHEC:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana founded the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition (LHEC) to help Louisianans better navigate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

As a civic organization committed to providing unbiased healthcare and wellness information, LHEC will educate on the major drivers of healthcare costs, the critical importance of personal wellness and the need for access to quality healthcare by working with healthcare providers, small businesses, faith-based institutions, employers, community leaders, patient advocacy groups and the public.

LHEC exists solely as an educational resource. It neither endorses nor seeks to create public policy.