Health Care Reform Conference by the Michigan Business and Professional Association April 1

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March 20, 2014 - PRLog -- With the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) in full swing, the Michigan Business and Professional Association ( (MBPA) is hosting a Health Care Reform Conference on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy.

The conference will present the following educational sessions:

·         Affordable Care Act Update: DOL Audits are happening. Are you ready?With the increased budget in 2013, the Department of Labor has, and will continue to add more auditors, ramping up its enforcement efforts by increasing the number of ERISA compliance audits. Participants will learn about the different types of DOL audits and discover best practices to be prepared if an audit does occur. This session will be moderator by Bonnie Bochniak, VP of government relations for the MBPA and the panelists will include Joe Atchinson from BASIC and Larry Grudzien, attorney at law.

·         Exchange Primer: Plan your tax year now, what you need to know.The implementation of the ACA can significantly affect your businesses responsibility to the IRS. This session will present what you need to know to protect the bottom line of a business and stay compliant. This will be moderated by Jennifer Werner, VP of insurance operations for the MBPA with speaker Marty Hill, director of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

·         Expert Town Hall: Today’s Experts Answer Your Questions—Bring health reform questions and let all of the day’s experts answer them. MBPA member questions along with live questions from the audience will be addressed. This discussion will be moderated by Carol Cain, WWJ-TV 62, Bonnie Bochniak, VP of government relations for the MBPA and Jennifer Werner, VP of Insurance Operations for the MBPA. Panelists will include Alisa Bennett, manager, health care reform team for BCBSM, Larry Grudzien, attorney at law, Joe Atchinson, BASIC and Marty Hill, director of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

“This conference is critical for any business or trusted advisor preparing for the continuing rules related to Health Care Reform and the surge of Department of Labor audits. We want to make sure that Michigan businesses are ready,” said Jennifer Kluge, MBPA president. “This is a must attend for any business that offers health insurance benefits.”

The Health Care Reform Conference is presented by The 101 Best and Brightest to Work For Events, BASIC, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, Clark Hill, WWJ-TV 62 and PWC.

Association members can attend the conference for $100; non-members, for $125. Admission includes all workshops and lunch. For more information or to register, call 586.393.8800 or visit

The Michigan Business and Professional Association boasts a statewide sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim, leveraging a depth of programs and community initiatives that positively impact more than 150,000 businesses. Learn more at
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