The Pennsylvania Economy League will present an overview of health care reform for local employers.

The regionally based public policy organization will hold the event from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Yorktowne Hotel, 48 E. Market St. The forum, which is also sponsored by the York County Economic Alliance, will start with a luncheon buffet. It is open to the public and costs $20 per person.

The economy league holds a series of issues forums throughout its coverage area in 40 counties. In the York area, there are 21 forums a year about public policies.

Health care reform affects all employers: public, private, small and large, said Lynne Shedlock, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Economy League.

"Health care is very much in the forefront right now," she said.

Topics: The Affordable Care Act continues to be a hot topic as it is implemented. The issues forum will address "pay or play" penalties, 30-plus-hour employees, measurement and stability periods, preparation strategies and the excise tax associated with the act. Shedlock encourages all local employers to attend.

The issues forum topics are membership-driven and chosen by a regional committee of local members and business leaders, she said.

Specific provisions affecting employers will be explained by Timothy Shrom, business manager for the Solanco School District in Lancaster County.

"This is a really complex issue, and I think he's really going to explain it well," Shedlock said.


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Shrom is also chairman of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials Statewide Health Care Task Force; board member of the Lancaster County Business Group on Health; and member of the Lancaster County Employee Health Care Consortia Executive Committee.

Online registration is available at www.ycea-pa.org. To register by fax or mail, download the registration form at www.pelcentral.org.

-- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.