This year's Hamden Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs and the Health & Wellness committees annual Legislative Breakfast will featured Edward M. Kennedy, Jr., who will speak about Federal healthcare reform and its impact on small businesses.
His speech, “Health Care in the Post-Reform World,” will address the critical issues facing businesses and employers, and the steps that they must take to prepare for the full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 7 at 8:30 a.m. at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Dr.
Kennedy is the president and co-founder of Marwood Group & Co., a healthcare-focused financial services firm with offices in New York City, Washington DC, London and Kuwait. Marwood Group specializes in, among other things, proprietary healthcarere search.
In March 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the most important new legislation dealing with the US healthcare system since Medicare. PPACA, known familiarly as Obamacare, has already had an impact on Americans’ health insurance, but the most important features of the bill – State healthcare exchanges, guaranteed access to health insurance with no exclusions for pre-existing conditions, elimination of gender discrimination in health insurance pricing– will not take effect until Jan. 1, 2014. Mr. Kennedy will talk about what small businesses can expect next January, and how to prepare for those changes.
Before joining Marwood Group, Mr. Kennedy served as an Associate and later as Counsel to the law firm of Wiggin & Dana, located in New Haven. Mr. Kennedy’s health law practice focused primarily on state and federal regulatory and reimbursement issues affecting hospitals, home care agencies, long-term care providers, physicians,and mental health providers.
In addition, Mr. Kennedy served as the Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at the Connecticut Hospital Association, counseling acute care providers and policymakers on a wide variety of emerging health care issues.
Mr. Kennedy has also been an active leader in the civil rights movement for persons with disabilities. In his disability law practice, he advised companies about how best to expand opportunities for persons with disabilities and how to avoid liability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
He continues to serve on the corporate and advisory boards of numerous disability organizations and lectures nationwide on topics relating to health and disability law.
Kennedy received an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, a master’s degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
This event is sponsored by Whitney Center, Joseph McDonagh, Clu, Chfc, Cltc, Connecticut Health Associates, and SUSC Alumni Association. Admission to the event is $10. Call the Hamden Chamber to reserve seating at 203-288-6431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Hamden Chamber of Commerce at www.hamdenchamber.com