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Kansas Chambers Get Out in Front of Affordable Care Act

Feb 15, 2013

Michael Strand

The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce is offering two seminars later this month, one on business security and one on the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as "ObamaCare."

Dennis Lauver, president and CEO of the chamber, said the purpose of both seminars is "to give folks an opportunity to meet with topic experts who can answer their questions in a non-biased way."

The business security class was prompted by a rash of burglaries in Salina in recent weeks, Lauver said.

The burglaries included veterinarian offices, a dental office, pharmacies, a music store and other locations; Salina police last week announced they had arrested two persons in connection with those crimes.

"The need may be reduced now," Lauver said. "But it's still a good idea to connect with law enforcement."

Years ago, Lauver said, when he was working for a chamber of commerce in Iowa, that chamber hosted a similar class, and only a handful of people showed up. Not long after, a store owner was killed in a burglary. The chamber hosted the seminar again and there was a standing-room-only crowd.

"It's a good topic for everyone to review on a regular basis," Lauver said.

The seminar will feature officer Christopher McFadden of the Salina Police Department.

The business security class begins at 9 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Visit Salina annex at 120 W. Ash.

The seminar on the Affordable Care Act is set for 8 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Visit Salina annex and will feature a consultant from Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Kansas.

Lauver said some people were holding off on learning about the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, first waiting for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the law and then for the outcome of the presidential election.

"Now we know it's going to become the law of the land, and a lot of people have questions," Lauver said.

Both seminars are free.

To register or for more information, call Delta Bryant at the chamber, 827-9301, or email dbryant@salina

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Source: (c) 2013 The Salina Journal (Salina, Kan.)

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