In a survey sent to GJACC members in September of 2018, healthcare costs tied as the top concern for businesses related to workforce issues.

In collaboration with Kim Bimestefer, Executive Director for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Chamber is excited to be discussing a variety of topics (see below) covering the important connection between our workforce and healthcare. Join us on October 23rd at the DoubleTree by Hilton to see how we are working to help you and your business!

The Affordability Roadmap: Join us as we examine what drives the rise in health care costs and how Colorado and Mesa County compare to other areas in terms of true costs of health care.

Better Living Through Drugs—Pharmacy Costs: Everyone at one time or another has had sticker shock after a visit to their local pharmacy. Costs to consumers and health insurance plans drive up costs of coverage for everyone. Why are costs so high? Who gets those rebates that the drug companies tout as a way to bring costs down? What can we do as a state and as employers do to really impact this sector of health care?

Hospitals and Providers: Join us as we look at hospital services and costs, including why costs are different for different market segments and how that impacts small employers. Learn what employers elsewhere are doing differently today to ease the upward pressure on commercial payers and still receive quality care for their employees and their families.

Innovation That Drives Better Utilization and Cost Management:Good data in will result in good data out. Learn about the All Payers Database, what employers can do to help improve this tool and how it can help all of us do a better job of determining costs drivers and potentially impacting that costs through the reports it can and does generate.

Legislative Remedies—What Might They Be and Will They Work?: We saw significant pieces of legislation pass in the 2019 General Assembly Session aimed at helping contain costs for all Coloradoans from bills requiring more transparency to creating a reinsurance mechanism to drive down premium costs on the Health Insurance Exchange. Will it work? Will it be enough? What else is on the table in Colorado that may be part of the discussion with the Colorado Legislature convenes on January 8th, 2020?

$45 per person includes continental breakfast and all work sessions.
Reserve your seats today at www.gjchamber.org

Click here to download the full version of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce August 2019 Newsletter.

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