Michigan business owners express concerns over health care reform

Lack of cost containment, onerous tax reporting among biz concerns over health care reform

What can Michigan businesses expect as federal health care reform gains momentum? That was the big question being asked during a Health Care Reform: Defined event and panel discussion Tuesday at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

The answer, of course, depends upon many factors, including the shape of yet-to-be-written regulations and how the Nov. 2 election shakes out in both Washington, D.C. and Lansing. But the consensus was that businesses will likely need help both from tax and employee-benefit advisors as well as from statewide insurance exchanges set to be established in 2014.

One of business’ biggest concerns about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was the lack of measures to contain costs, experts said.

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Follow the Mackinac conference on A Healthier Michigan

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference opens up today, and the Blues have got you covered as the region’s top business and policy minds gather for three days on Mackinac Island.

Starting today, the home page of our new A Healthier Michigan site will feature a special Mackinac Policy Conference design. There, you’ll find regularly updated blog posts from the Blues team and guest bloggers, as well as a live Twitter feed of all tweets sent with the conference’s #mpc10 hash tag. We’ll also have a media section with conference-related news.

The conference comes as both Detroit and Michigan look for new ideas to rebuild their economies. And as usual, the conference is stocked with heavyweight speakers, including Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Chrysler Group LLC; U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Check out the full agenda conference here.

We hope you follow along with what promises to be an exciting, thought-provoking three-day discussion.

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