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Healthcare forum to answer questions about Affordable Care Act

The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is hosting a health care forum on Oct. 16 to answer questions about how the new healthcare law will affect small businesses.

Wally Dawson, managing principal of Digital Benefit Advisers, and Walker Wilson, director of Health Policy at Blue Cross Blue Shield Of North Carolina, will outline the key points of the law, discuss the steps business owners must take to be in compliance and answer questions.

The Health Care Forum is from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary. Cost is $30. Reservations needed by Oct. 11. Find out more here.

The Obamacare gamut: tearfully grateful to be included or angrily fed up with higher rates

Getting lots of letters on Obamacare as information about the exchanges gets up and running – and as letters from current insurers detailing huge premium hikes land in mailboxes. Here's a sample.

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Wake County school system looking to cut hours for subs because of Obamacare

Some Wake County substitute teachers face working fewer hours for the upcoming school year in an effort to avoid having to cover them with health insurance.

As noted in today's article by John Murawski, Wake is among the many employers across the country seeking ways to dodge the higher health care expenses that will arrive in January as a result of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Wake is looking at keeping substitute teachers from reaching the 30-hour a week threshold that the new law says would make employees at large businesses eligible for employer-sponsored health care.

SBA's new website focuses on Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Small Business Administration has created a website and blog that focuses on the Affordable Care Act and how it relates to small business owners.

According to the news release, the website will offer "a glossary of key health care reform terms, an interactive timeline with dates for when certain reforms will be implemented, a state-by-state breakdown of health care options, and how to learn more about specific tax provisions and regulations."

Health Care Business Pulse, the new blog, will contain updated information about the Act.

“The Affordable Care Act provides small business owners with access and opportunity to provide affordable health care options for their employees,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. “SBA’s new Affordable Care Act web page and blog will serve as a resource for small business owners who want learn more about how to take advantage of these benefits.”

Source: SBA

Care Act has Bell's backing, says White House

Mayor Bill Bell is quoted in a White House press release that came out the other day, commenting on the attempt to repeal last year's Affordable Care Act.

“This is simply not the time to turn back the clock on opportunities and access to Affordable Health Care.  We need to move forward aggressively in support and implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act,” Bell's statement reads.

Bell is among eight mayors quoted in support of retaining the act. Some of the others are Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles and JoAnn J. Thomas of Hoffman, N.C. (In Richmond County, est. population 603.)

To see them all, use link below.

NC biotechs snag $36 million in federal incentives

A slew of Triangle biotech companies won a small share of a $1 billion federal giveaway announced Wednesday by the Obama Administration to promote medical research.

North Carolina’s portion of the federal grants, about $36 million, will be divided between more than 150 companies across the state. The grants were awarded for finding new therapies for unmet medical needs, for advancing a cure for cancer by 2040, and for cutting health care costs.

Many of the North Carolina recipients received grants up to $244,479 for expenses incurred in 2009 and again for the same amount for expenses incurred this year.

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