The Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents one of the most dramatic changes in the government’s involvement in healthcare. It affects, and will continue to affect, nearly every aspect of the way that healthcare in the United States is delivered, consumed, and paid for. The new law was passed on a strictly party-line vote, after contentious, partisan debate in Congress. President Obama’s signing the new law into effect did not lessen its controversial nature, as illustrated by the different descriptive terms applied by proponents (e.g., the “progressive” and “historic” “Affordable Care Act”) as compared to opponents (e.g. “budget-busting” “job-killer” “Obamacare”).

We have been bombarded with unfamiliar terms such as Cadillac Tax, Health Insurance Exchanges (HIE), Medical Loss Ratios (MLRs), Medicaid Expansion and Hospital Value-based Purchasing. It is understood that conceptually the new law seeks to accomplish three major goals: expand access, improve the quality and safety of services, and control costs; however, perspectives about these goals vary in accord with the impact of each provision that affects the healthcare providers, health plan insurers, healthcare risk managers, small businesses, all businesses, and of course the healthcare payers - young, old, rich, poor, healthy, unhealthy.

The Fort Lauderdale Forum is proud to provide you with a balanced discussion this topic, as seen through the eyes of:

  • Penny Shaffer, the Market President for Florida Blue, the state’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan. Penny is responsible for the company’s operations in an 8-county region from the Treasure Coast down to the Keys.
  • Jeff Angello, the Area President at Gallagher Benefit Services. Jeff is a National Benefit Consultant who will tell the Forum audience how the Affordable Care Act will impact the large and small employers of South Florida.
  • Linda Quick, the President of South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association. Linda works with hospitals and members in Broward, Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties to provide advocacy at the local, state and national levels and educational programs for members.


Penny Shaffer, Market President for Florida Blue
Jeff Angello, Area President at Gallagher Benefit Services
Linda Quick, President South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

7:30 am: Coffee & Networking
7:45-8:45 am: Presentation/Discussion

FAU/BCC Higher Education Complex, 111 E. Las Olas, Room 1101 

Parking available in the City Garage


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