Weirton healthcare seminars set to begin

WEIRTON – The first of three healthcare seminars offered by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce will take place Wednesday.

The chamber is organizing the series in cooperation with WesBanco Insurance Services, Assure America and Wells Fargo Insurance Services.

Each seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Serbian American Cultural Center, with a charge of $15. The cost includes a continental breakfast. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the chamber at (304) 748-7212 or by emailing

The first seminar, to take place Wednesday, is titled “Understanding the West Virginia Healthcare Exchange.”

It will be presented by Jeremiah Samples, director of health policy for the West Virginia Insurance Commission.

The session will focus on how the state’s healthcare exchange will operate and its impact on employers.

The seminars were planned after the chamber began receiving inquiries from the local business community about the potential impact of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The second seminar will take place April 10 and feature David Fields, chief executive officer of HealthAmerica with a presentation titled, “Understanding the Employer Mandate.” It’s focus will be to explain the mandates for employers under the PPACA and strategies to minimize costs.

The final session will be on May 1 titled, “Understanding the Individual Mandate.”

It will be presented by Fred Early, CEO of Highmark West Virginia, and focus on the PPACA mandates for individuals and their potential impacts on employers.