Health care brings questions

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the Health Care Bill, is 2,700 pages long. Within those pages are a lot of unanswered questions.
Area business leaders and employers met Wednesday for an informational session at the SALT Block in Hickory, looking for answers to some of those questions.
“It’s a huge undertaking,” said Peter Stein, vice president of Congressional Affairs for the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and the event’s guest speaker. “The legislation is evolving. We’re not going to have all the answers.”
Stein is responsible for operating NAHU’s federal government relations activities.
The event, called “Surviving the Chaos,” was sponsored by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Carolina First Associates and the Western Piedmont Association of Health Underwriters.
President Obama signed the PPACA into law March 23, and a Reconciliation Bill passed March 30.
After Stein spoke to the event’s attendees, a panel of area experts answered questions from business leaders about the Health Care Bill’s possible effects on local businesses.
“People want to know what the effect (of the Health Care Bill) will be on their premiums,” said Lori Alala, a partner of Carolina First Associates Insurance Brokers in Hickory and the event’s moderator. “From a business standpoint, that’s what everyone wants to know.”
Alala said she gets questions about the law’s meaning and broader implications on a daily basis.
“Every day I get information about something that has changed in the last 24 hours,” she said.