May 12, 2010

If the year-long health care debate has taught us anything, it is perhaps this: people of good conscience can agree on our problems while disagreeing on the solutions.

Almost everyone acknowledges that health care costs are spiraling out of control. Most Americans believe that a civilized society can be fairly judged by how well it treats its most needy members, especially in the area of medical services. And many would also agree that businesses should play some role in providing health care coverage.

After that, the agreement breaks down. Without a doubt, the federal health care bill that was signed into law in early spring is a huge, expensive piece of legislation. Projections are being made on both sides of the issue as to how much it will really cost (in the near future and over the long term), whether it will pay for itself or represents an unfunded mandate, and who will ultimately foot the bill for required health care coverage. The issue has also sparked an intense debate over the role of government in regulating the lives of private citizens.

Business leaders across the country are asking themselves a range of difficult questions. How do we plan for this and how will we pay for it? How do we take advantage of opportunities to provide better health services to our employees, while avoiding unnecessary costs or penalties?

At Much Shelist, we have a group of highly experienced health care and insurance coverage attorneys who can help you navigate this far-reaching legislation. Already, members of this team have created a concise health care reform timeline for employers. Reviewing this document is a logical first step towards making the new legislation work for you and your employees. I also encourage you to contact your Much Shelist attorney to discuss the impact that health care reform will have on your business.

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