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Health Care Reform

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With the ink now dry on the new health care reform law, HR professionals are turning their attention to implementing the law’s provisions.  On Wednesday, April 7, SHRM provided a comprehensive webcast entitled, Health Care Reform - Leading Your Organization's Response.

This 90-minute program featured Frank McArdle, Principal and Manager of Hewitt Associates’ Washington, D.C. office, and Mike Aitken, Director of SHRM Government Affairs.  More than 2,000 HR professionals tuned into the presentation for an in-depth look at the law’s provisions and when those provisions become effective.

In addition, the webcast included a list of issues that HR professionals need to turn their attention to in the coming months involving plan design provisions, administrative decisions, and planned communications strategy.  The webcast concluded with 20 minutes of Q&A from the audience.

Guidance and Information Are Available from SHRM:

For those who were unable to join the live event (which provided 1.5 hours of HRCI recertification credit), you can still access the archived version of the webcast for the next 30 days by clicking HERE. 

Other information available on SHRM Online addressing various aspects of the new health care law includes:

  • A brief side-by-side chart of certain HR-focused provisions of the new law and the “fixes” in the Budget Reconciliation bill
  • SHRM's Health Care Reform Resource Page is the go-to place for all the latest offerings in the health care reform realm
  • A pre-recorded overview of the health care reform package by Mike Aitken and Lisa Horn of SHRM’s Government Affairs department
  • Express Request: SHRM members can receive additional resources on this topic. Visit SHRM's Express Request web site and select key term HEALTH CARE REFORM in the ‘Benefits” section.

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The next issue of HR Issues Update will be published on Friday, April 23, 2010.
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