U-M to host panel of Massachusetts experts giving health care reform advice to Michigan businesses
Editor's note: This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. Monday with a link to the live webcast.
Business leaders from Massachusetts will offer lessons they’ve learned from the implementation of health care reforms to Michigan employers Monday during a forum at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Courtesy of U-M
As Michigan businesses prepare to encounter changes in health care requirements for their employees throughout this year and next year under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, U-M’s Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) decided to call in business leaders from Massachusetts for their advice.
Health care reform took place in Massachusetts in 2006 -- several years before President Barack Obama passed the Affordable Care Act, which first took effect in 2010.
“We and business leaders can learn a lot from what can happen in Massachusetts,” said Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the CHRT. “Our goal is to help decision makers using facts.”
The panel will consist of Rob Fowler, president and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan; Helen Levy, research associate professor at U-M’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Rick Lord, president and CEP of Associated Industries of Massachusetts; and Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
The moderator of the panel will be Thomas Buchmueller, a professor at U-M’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. In October, health insurance exchanges will begin enrolling small businesses and individuals and in January, a large wave of Medicaid enrollments will go through.
“Businesses will soon decide what they want to do,” Udow-Phillips said.
In Michigan, the government decided to partner with the federal government in the creation of a health insurance exchange.
The event is sponsored by Community Catalysts of Boston and a number of U-M entities including the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and U-M’s School of Public Health.