Garry Straker will focus on key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and updates from recent IRS proposed regulations. 

On Wednesday, February 27, the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s Health Care Council (HCC) will host an informative program on “The Affordable Care Act and The Impact on Your Business” from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. Open to all employers throughout the region, the program will be held at the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center at 1075 Chase Parkway in Waterbury. Loraine Shea of Waterbury Hospital, chair of the Health Care Council, commented, “This is the third in the Health Care Council’s informational seminar programs on healthcare reform in the United States. We will host a second event in the program’s 2013 series on March 28th on The CT Health Insurance Exchange and how healthcare businesses statewide will be affected.”

The February 27th program will be presented by Garry Straker, a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), and a licensed insurance consultant who holds a Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) certification. Mr. Straker’s presentation will focus on key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and updates from recent IRS proposed regulations. “During the program,” explained Straker, “we will cover key components of the law including the employer mandate to provide coverage for full-time employees under the shared responsibility 30-hour rule, the impact on non-calendar year plans, controlled group rules and more.” He further stated that, “Understanding proposed rules and reporting requirements along with the overall financial impact on business operations is critical for all employees to understand.”

Carmody & Torrance, LLP has signed on as the Series Sponsor and Gold sponsor is Diagnostic Radiology Associates, and Silver sponsor is Cohn Reznick, LLP. Garry Straker is a principal partner with Cohn Benefits Consultants. His consulting services provide total rewards expertise to help clients achieve strategic goals through the creative design of employee benefits and compensation programs.

The Health Care Council of the Waterbury Regional Chamber provides an ongoing forum for the area’s health care providers to network, exchange information and discuss topics of mutual interest. Additionally, the HCC serves as a clearinghouse for health topics that impact the Greater Waterbury region’s business community. The Council identifies issues relevant to health care legislation and supports the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee by providing feedback and information for inclusion in the Legislative Agenda.

Costs for the February 27 educational breakfast is $20/HCC members, $25 for Chamber members, and $50 for not-yet members. Advance registration is requested by contacting the Waterbury Regional Chamber and the Chamber’s Health Care Council at 203-756-3507 or by visiting