by Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink
The United States Supreme Court is expected to soon hand down it’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act. The decision will be controversial no matter what the final decision. The American public appears evenly split on the law and how it will affect their bottom line.
Central Health and Seton Healthcare Family, in co-operation with the Austin Chamber of Commerce, are sponsoring a timely and informative panel discussion on the Supreme Court Decision and the possible affects it might have on business.
The luncheon to be held at the Austin Hilton Hotel on July 25th will feature speakers Duane Galligher, of the Texas Association of Health Plan, and Michael Parks, of insurance, risk management and financial services company Higginbotham. Penny Hobbs, of the law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore, will act as moderator.
Galligher, the executive director of an organization representing Texas health maintenance organizations, health insurers and other related healthcare, was a partner in the governmental affairs consulting Strategy Group, where he represents various corporations, trade associations, and public entities before state government, with a focus on health care, insurance, and regulatory issues.
Prior to entering the private sector, he served as the top staff person for the House Committee on Public Health and has worked in various capacities for numerous current or former elected officials, including former President George W. Bush.
Parks co-founded Higginbotham’s Financial Services Division in 1989 when he joined the firm. As the managing director of the division, he oversees services provided by the firm’s financial departments, including employee benefits, worksite benefits, life insurance, retirement plans and executive compensation.
Prior to joining Higginbotham, he worked for C.M. Alliance in life and health sales.
Hobbs, a partner in the law firm of McGinnis, Lockridge & Kilgore, represents a broad range of healthcare industry clients. She also practices employment law and transactional law and offers unique perspective and practical experience from her twenty-year career as a nurse. As a certified mediator and trained arbitrator, she also holds a master’s degree in business.
Some of the top business medical issues related to the awaited court’s decision include: large health insurance carriers – UnitedHealth, Aetna and Humana – announcement that no matter how the Supreme Court rules they would allow some of the more popular insurance reforms to go forward; Mitt Romney’s agreement not to tackle one of the central issues contained in the Affordable Care Act — the prohibition of discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions; and the effects the decision might have on the proposed UT Austin medical school being supported by both Central Health and Seton Healthcare Family, as well as the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Sixth Floor Salon JK
Registration: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Program: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Early Bird Rate Attendee Ticket: $40.00 (Early Bird Rate ends 6/30/12)
Regular Rate Attendee Ticket: $45.00 (Rate begins 7/1/12)
Onsite Registration Attendee Ticket: $50.00