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For release: February 7, 2014

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
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Akron General helps businesses understand the Affordable Care Act
Free informative panel discussion geared toward small businesses

Whether you work hard at running a small business or at supporting the needs of others, a healthy community is good for everyone. Akron General, a national leader in wellness and prevention, presents “The Affordable Care Act and Your Business or Agency,” on Thursday, March 6, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at Akron General Health & Wellness Center – West, 4125 Medina Rd., Summit Room, Akron. A complimentary breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. This free informative panel discussion is sponsored by CareSource®. Panel discussions include:
  • Understand how the Affordable Care Act affects your business
  • Employer responsibilities, incentives and penalties
  • The health implications of being uninsured
  • How community agencies can stay objective
“Small businesses are facing important regulatory and health care coverage changes brought on by sweeping health care reforms. This session will provide timely information that will be tremendously useful in navigating the uncertainty and making the right decisions,” said Carol Icsman, Vice President, Managed Care, Akron General.

“Small business owners are faced with a number of challenges under the current health care system in comparison to their counterparts. The good news is there are more options for accessing coverage as a result of health care reform and the Affordable Care Act. We look forward to providing new information on the impact of health care affordability to business owners, employees and the general public,” said Scott Streator, Vice President, CareSource Health Insurance Marketplace.

Panelists include Carol Icsman, Vice President, Managed Care, Akron General Health System; Elizabeth James, MPH, Public Health Specialist, Summit County Public Health; Edward C. Redder, Counsel, Thompson Hine LLP; and Scott Streator, Vice President, Health Insurance Marketplace, CareSource. The moderator is David Peter, MD, CMO and Emergency Medicine Physician, Akron General Health System.

Please register online at by February 25.
About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization that has been improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves since 1914. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

About CareSource®
CareSource®, a nonprofit health plan is celebrating 25 years as one of the nation’s largest Managed Medicaid Plans. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio CareSource® serves more than 1 million consumers in Ohio and Kentucky. CareSource® is living its mission to provide health care to those who need it most.

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