Roemer Insurance - Wellington F. “Rocky” Roemer III

Seminars offer crucial answers to Affordable Care Act questions

By Wendy Cornett

Small business owners with questions about how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will impact their companies can turn to the employee benefits specialists at Roemer Insurance for answers.

Roemer Insurance is hosting a series of Affordable Care Act seminars spotlighting key aspects of health care reform that directly impact small business owners. Roemer’s most recent seminar was June 14 at the Ramada Toledo Conference Center, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, said Roemer Insurance President and CEO Wellington F. “Rocky” Roemer III.

“We had about 100 attendees,” Rocky said. “They were business owners, human resources professionals and other executives from predominately smaller companies, with some in attendance representing 100-plus employer groups.”

Because different sized employers are impacted differently by the changing laws, the seminars are followed by a valuable Q-and-A segment when attendees can ask specific questions.

“The Q-and-A session after June’s seminar probably took half of the meeting time, and that was excellent,” Rocky added. “Our audience really engages and asks excellent questions.”

The seminars are led by Roemer’s Senior Vice President of Employee Benefits Barbara Sears, who is also a state representative for the 47th Ohio House District.

“Barbara is a policy wonk when it comes to things such as workers’ compensation and health care reform,” Rocky said. “She brings a lot of credibility and competency to our presentations.”

Roemer is hosting another seminar in October to coincide with key milestones in health care reform: Open enrollment for small businesses and individuals in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1, and 15 core PPACA provisions become effective January 1, 2014. The October seminar date is to be determined; the public is welcome.

“We welcome anyone who has questions about the laws,” Rocky said. “We are doing this as a benefit to the business community at large.”

Anyone with urgent concerns regarding PPACA laws can direct their questions to Vice President R.J. Rajner or Senior Account Manager Heather Fisher at Roemer Insurance.

“The ostriches must withdraw their heads from the sand now. We’re up against it on time,” Rocky said. “And I do empathize completely with the business leaders who attend our seminars because Roemer is not only a purveyor of health insurance and information; we are also a local company having to make decisions for our employees’ health insurance that will have a profound long-term impact on our future success. We are all in this together.”

For questions regarding health care reform or future seminars, call Roemer Insurance at 419-475-5151, or visit the website