Health care forum hosted by Association of Washington Business

The Association of Washington Business will host a special one-day forum dedicated to the impact of the new federal Affordable Care Act and the state Health Benefit Exchange on employers and employee health care offerings.

Discussion will include a review of the current legal and regulatory landscape at the federal level and an in depth look at the potential challenges employers will face with the creation of the Washington State Health Exchange. Health care policy experts will review the current direction of the Exchange and offer insight into employer’s options.


WHO:             Association of Washington Business

Invited speakers to include:


  • Hadley Heath, senior policy analyst, Independent Women’s Forum
  • Neil Trautwein, vice president and employee benefits policy counsel, National Retail Federation
  • Gary Chandler, vice president of Government Affairs, AWB
  • Q&A with Exchange Board Members, moderated by Jeff Gingold, Gingold Law Firm, PLLC

o   Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, R-Wenatchee

o   Rep. Eileen Cody, D-Seattle

o   Don Conant, general manager, Valley Nut & Bolt Company, State Exchange Board Member and AWB Board Member

o   Phil Dyer, senior vice president, Healthcare Management Services, Kibble & Prentice and Exchange Board Member and AWB Member

o   Steve Neighbors, CEO, Terra Staffing and AWB Member

WHAT:           Health Care: What's at Stake in Washington state?

Health Care Forum


WHERE:         Hilton Bellevue

300 112th Avenue SE

Bellevue, WA 98004

Phone: 425.455.1300 | Toll-Free: 800.445.8667


WHEN:           Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012

7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit


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