Tribes must select a qualified consultant to coordinate assembling a compliance team that will prepare for ACA audits.
Quapaw, Oklahoma (PRWEB) October 24, 2014
Robert Weaver addressed human resource (HR) professionals from across the country as the keynote speaker at the annual convention of the National Native American Human Resource Association (NNAHRA), discussing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The convention, held in Nashville, hosted over 300 HR professionals representing hundreds of Native American tribes and nations from around the country.
Weaver gave an understandable summary of both the opportunities for Native Americans included the Affordable Care Act, as well as the challenges facing HR professionals. He was clear in his caution to the audience the ACA will cost billions per year when fully implemented, and that tribes and nations must be compliant to avoid government penalties that are expected to help pay for the ACA.
"Tribes must select a qualified consultant to coordinate assembling a compliance team that will prepare for ACA audits," advised Weaver. "Legal expertise, an ACA tax expert and a consultant who thoroughly understands Indian Health Service and contract health services is essential to protecting a nation from ACA penalties."
Following the keynote address, Weaver conducted a breakout round table discussion with HR managers where he answered detailed questions from individual tribes pertaining to their unique situations.
In addition to RWI Benefits, LLC, Weaver, a member of the Quapaw tribe of Oklahoma, owns Native Care Health, LLC, a 100% Native American-owned, third-party benefits administrator which specializes in saving money on tribal membership health plans as well as tribal enterprise health plans through strategic negotiations with providers. Weaver is the Consultative Representative for Government to Government Relations of the Quapaw Tribe, a group working in Washington, D.C. to improve healthcare access for Indian Country as a whole. Additionally, he was the 2012 winner of the National Indian Health Award for creating and implementing a tribal member health plan for the Quapaw tribe.
For more information about Robert Weaver visit ChooseRobertWeaver.com.