Healthcare Reform Requires Businesses to Re-Think 2011 Strategy

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Plan Ahead to Avoid Strategic Shortfalls and Non-Compliance. Registration Opens TODAY for Astra HR’s Free Webinar to Educate Those Who Manage Benefit Plans on the Implications of Healthcare Reform legislation.

As businesses begin to feel the first impact of healthcare reform legislation in action, those who make health benefit decisions for small and mid-sized companies need to set 2011 strategies and goals with this impact in mind. Astra HR, a nationally recognized, full-service HR solutions provider, today announced that it will host a free informational webinar to address planning ahead and benefit strategies under the new legislation.

What: Free Webinar - Look Ahead to Stay Ahead: Planning Your Business’ Benefit Strategy for 2011, featuring Certified Employee Benefits Specialist Sandra G. Smalley

When: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. EST

Why: With companies now operating under the guidelines set forth by healthcare reform legislation, they must plan ahead when outlining a business and benefits strategy for 2011. This webinar will help participants understand what considerations they should make to achieve a strategically driven benefit plan in 2011 and beyond.

How: Registration opens today at

Due to new healthcare reform legislation, numerous changes to health plans become effective on the first plan year beginning on or after September 23, 2010. Topics to be addressed during the webinar include:

  •     Considerations for designing 2011 employee benefit strategies
  •     Healthcare cost trends and forecasts
  •     HMO, PPO, HSA and HRA definitions
  •     Attracting and retaining great talent by leveraging the benefits offered
  •     Consumer-driven healthcare options
  •     Dental, vision, life and disability benefits

“Many companies are concerned with the effect that healthcare reform legislation will have on their business and how they should plan accordingly for 2011,” said Michael Irvine, chief operating officer of Astra HR. “By taking a proactive approach in planning employee benefits, businesses can align these offerings with their organizational goals while managing costs, offering superior benefits, and positioning themselves as great employers. Astra HR’s team of experts facilitates benefit planning by providing clients with a consultative and flexible approach to human resource management, integrating customized, competitive solutions that help their businesses prosper.”

About the Presenter: Sandra G. Smalley, Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), Director for Benefits Brokerage Division at Astra HR. Sandra Smalley has 25 years of experience in employee benefit consulting and leadership positions. She holds her Certified Employee Benefit Designation and is well-versed in client consultation and benefit negotiation, especially in light of healthcare reform.

About Astra HR: Astra HR is a leading provider of full service HR management solutions that is firmly rooted in its commitment to help clients maximize their people and business performance. Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, Astra HR has been helping companies to streamline HR administration processes and leverage their HR investment since 1994. Astra HR is a portfolio company of Corstone Capital, a global investment firm with diverse holdings in industry sectors including real estate, distressed debt, aviation, business process outsourcing, human resources, technology and manufacturing.


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