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Hear SBAM’s Rob Fowler in webcast today at 4 p.m.: Lessons about Health Care Reform from Business Leaders

February 11, 2013

SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler is part of a panel at a conference today in Ann Arbor that will be presented live at the University of Michigan and simultaneously webcast. The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) is bringing together key Massachusetts and Michigan business leaders along with University of Michigan experts to explore lessons from Massachusetts’ experience with health reform and what may be ahead as the Affordable Care Act is implemented in Michigan.

This event will be live web-streamed; no registration needed; please visit the CHRT website today at 4 p.m. to join the live webcast. To submit your questions during the webcast join the conversation on Twitter: #CHRTtalks.

Small business owners are also encouraged to attend the event at the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Weill Hall at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, 735 South State Street, Ann Arbor. No registration necessary.  It is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Participants can:

  • Explore how Chapter 58, Massachusetts’ health reform legislation of 2006, was enacted and implemented with strong support and engagement from the business community.
  • Hear how business leaders were engaged in Massachusetts and the impact their involvement had on the overall law and implementation.  
  • Learn the impact the Massachusetts law had on the overall business and state economic climate and how aspects of this experience might be relevant for Michigan.
  • Study why it may prove beneficial for the Michigan business community to be similarly engaged as the state moves forward with plans to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Presenting in an interactive format, the panelists will address these issues, take questions from the live audience as well as through a Twitter feed for the webcast participants.  The panelists are:

  • Moderator:  Thomas Buchmueller, Waldo O. Hildebrand Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan 
  • Rob Fowler, President and CEO of Small Business Association of Michigan
  • Helen Levy, Research Associate Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan
  • Rick Lord, President and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts
  • Michael Widmer, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation

For directions and parking information see:

For more information, go to or contact: Babette Levy at CHRT,, (734) 998-0388

This symposium is generously co-sponsored by:

  • Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) of the Ford School of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, conducts, supports, and fosters applied academic research to inform local, state, and urban policy issues.
  • Griffith Leadership Center in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health cultivates exceptional leaders who will transform health and healthcare for a changing world. The Center works to strengthen and catalyze connections among research, teaching, and practice in health management and policy.
  • The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan develops leaders who make a positive difference.  Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation to improve our world.
  • The University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) brings together more than 400 health care researchers from U-M and beyond.  
  • Webcast courtesy of re:group, an integrated marketing agency based in Ann Arbor, Michigan that helps companies transform their brands and grow their businesses. The agency works collaboratively to provide strategic clarity, insightful creative and digital and traditional marketing programs that build brand engagement and business value.

In addition to our co-sponsors this symposium is made possible by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and staff support from Community Catalyst.

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