Small businesses invited to meet with Arkansas Blue Cross

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is inviting employers with 50 employees or less to attend a meeting Wednesday at the El Dorado Conference Center to discuss the new health care law and how it will affect their businesses.

“We recognize this is a stressful time for many businesses in the state, and we want to provide as much information as we can to help them make good decisions for their employees,” said Mel Blackwood, senior executive of Regional Operations and northwest regional executive for Arkansas Blue Cross.

While the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced in July that it is postponing enforcement of the employer shared responsibility payments (often referred to as the Affordable Care Act’s “play or pay” provisions) until January 2015, Blackwood said the impact of changing health care coverage for employees still will have repercussions regardless of any penalties in place.

Employers with Arkansas Blue Cross coverage can reserve a space by contacting their closest Arkansas Blue Cross office. Businesses without Arkansas Blue Cross coverage should contact their independent agent or an Arkansas Blue Cross representative for a private meeting to discuss their options under the law.

Businesses can access office locations and contact numbers through the Arkansas Blue Cross website,

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