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    "Benefit Changes for 2013 and Beyond, Are You Ready?"

    Date: September 12, 2012, 11:45am – 1:30pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    See below for prices
    Event Type:
    Chapter Luncheon/Speaker/Meeting
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    Health Care Reform Program

    Get up-to-date information on Health Care Reform and hear what the leading experts have to say about it. Presenters will give an overview of Health Care Reform on a federal, state and local level. Get a better understanding of how current rulings may impact your business and possible solutions on how to best prepare yourself this upcoming year.

    Speakers will be joining us from Group Health Cooperative and The Unity Group Insurance & Employee Benefits.

    Please submit your top 2 questions regarding Health Care Reform to by September 10th.

    About the Presenters: Jim Stevens and Karen Merrikin 

    Jim Stevens has worked as a consultant in the insurance industry on both public and private sector accounts since 2005. Prior to that time Jim worked for the Bellingham School District as the Assistant

    Superintendent where he helped create and manage the Whatcom Educational Insurance Consortium (WEIC). WEIC was created through an inter-local agreement by the seven (7) public school districts in Whatcom County and serves over thirty two hundred (3,200) employees and their families. Jim works primarily on large accounts ranging from 50 to 800employees and often with multiple bargaining units. Jim also serves on the leadership board for the Whatcom Alliance for Health Care Access (WAHA).

    Karen Merrikin joined the Public Policy and Government Relations department of Group Health Cooperative in 1997 due to her longstanding interest in improving health care quality, access, and cost.  She has also served as Group Health's associate general counsel, and is the author of articles and presentations on health care law, policy and ethics.

    Karen currently sits on several community boards, including the City Club of Seattle Board of Governors, the Washington Health Insurance Pool Board of Directors, and the Association of Washington Healthcare Plans Board of Directors.  She also is a member of the Children’s Health Innovation Implementation Committee, the Puget Sound Health Alliance communications committee, the Health Insurance Partnership Technical Advisory Committee, the public policy advisory committees of the Washington Health Foundation and the Washington State Hospital Association and the Parent Council of her daughter’s high school.   She is a past president of the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys

    Karen earned her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law and has a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

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    • Member Lunch & Program: $20.00
    • Non-member Lunch & Program: $25.00
    • Program Only: $12.00
    • Student Lunch & Program: $12.00
    • Student Program Only: FREE

    We accept payment in the form of cash, check, debit card or credit card at the time of check in.

    This program is pre-approved for 1 HRCI recertification credit.

    Registration and lunch begin at 11:45, and include time for networking with other members and chapter announcements. The presentation/program begins around 12:00pm and lasts until approximately 1:30pm (includes a question/answer period).

    Cancellation policy: Registrants will be billed if a cancellation is not received by 5:00 pm on the Monday prior to the luncheon.

    To Cancel an Existing Reservation send the names of the attendees and the date of the event you cannot attend to

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