The most controversial and far-reaching requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka "Health Care Reform") take effect in January 2014. Many business executives and HR professionals are struggling with the ever-evolving and often confusing health-care reform information coming at them daily.

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar on Thursday morning, Feb. 28 designed to educate businesses about the practical steps they should be taking. The session will show business owners how to stay on top of how to comply in 2013 and 2014.

The seminar, including a full breakfast, is at The Best Western (Inn at Hunts Landing) in Matamoras and begins at 7:30 a.m.

"We will address recent changes that have taken effect and provide guidance on how to prepare for the sweeping changes that are scheduled to take effect in 2014, including shared responsibility penalties and health care exchanges," said Michael Sulivan, Executive Director of the Chamber.

This session is designed to bring clarity to businesses on the many pressing issues that will be part of their decisions regarding health coverage in the coming months, including:

• The definition and importance of "full time" employment status under PPACA.

• The "shared responsibility" requirements and what they mean for your business.

• An update on Pennsylvania’s approach to establishing a health care exchange .

• Important notice requirements.

• A review of the important deadlines over the next few years and what you should be doing to prepare.

• Practical steps that businesses of all sizes should be doing now.

During the 90-minute seminar, you will have an opportunity to hear from three fine professionals as to what is about to happen with respect to this new law. Joseph Sileo is an attorney with the firm of McNees, Wallace & Nurick in Scranton, PA. Joseph’s firm specializes in this new law and other labor and management issues. He and his colleagues, Jennifer LaPorta Baker, Esq. And Jennifer Walsh, Esq., will be on hand to address issues facing small and medium-sized businesses.

They will be presenting in conjunction with Jeff Haudenschield, Co-Founder of The Benefits Group. Also, a representative from the CPA firm of Judelson, Giardino & Siegel, PC will address the fiscal implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

"Those who attend this seminar will be far better prepared to deal with the requirements of this law," said Sullivan.

The cost to attend is $15.00 for Chamber members and $20.00 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call (570) 296-8700.