Impact of Healthcare Reform on Texas Small Businesses Focus of Upcoming Seminars

Impact of Healthcare Reform on Texas Small Businesses Focus of Upcoming Seminars

Free events sponsored by RGV Hispanic Chamber, Children’s Defense Fund-Texas open to all small businesses; chance for entrepreneurs to learn about new law and discuss ways to move healthcare implementation forward in Texas

McAllen, Texas—Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, in partnership with small business advocacy organization Small Business Majority and the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will host two interactive presentations at 9am and 1pm on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, on healthcare reform’s impact on Texas small businesses.

The free events, open to all small business owners and self-employed individuals, will feature a panel of experts who will discuss the topics of the new healthcare law that are most relevant to small businesses, their employees and their dependents. These include small business tax credits, the state’s work in preparing for a federally-facilitated health insurance exchange, wellness grants and cost containment, and changes on the horizon regarding employee and dependent healthcare benefits. The sessions will also offer small business owners a chance to provide the panel with ideas and suggestions on how to proceed with implementing healthcare reform, especially as Texas prepares to embrace a federally-facilitated health insurance exchange and moves forward with implementation. A question and answer period will follow the panel discussion.

“There have been many reforms to our healthcare system in recent years, both nationally and in Texas,” said Courtney Watson, Healthcare Organizer with Children’s Defense Fund-Texas. “It’s important that small business owners hear about how many of the new healthcare law’s business-friendly provisions can help improve their company’s bottom line and the wellbeing of Texas workers and their children.”

“We believe it’s important for small business owners in the Rio Grande Valley area to learn more about healthcare reform and how it affects them,” said Cynthia Sakulenzki, President and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “This interactive dialogue is a great way for our community to get the information we need to take advantage of and comply with key provisions of the new law, and to offer feedback on implementation in Texas.”

WHAT:    Panel Presentation: Healthcare Reform’s Impact on Texas Small Businesses

WHO:     Cynthia Sakulenzki, President/CEO, RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
               Erica Dowell, Southern Outreach Manager, Small Business Majority
               Courtney Watson, Healthcare Organizer, Children’s Defense Fund–Texas

WHEN:   9am and 1pm (both sessions will provide the same information)
               Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WHERE:  Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
               3313 N. McColl Rd
               McAllen, Texas 78501

For more information or to RSVP for these events, please contact the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce by calling 956-928-0060 or emailing


About Children’s Defense Fund-Texas
The Children’s Defense Fund is a national nonprofit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF’s Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. Our top priority in Texas is ensuring access to affordable health care coverage for the more than 1 million Texas children who are currently uninsured. Ninety five percent of children will be eligible for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Read more at and on Facebook.

About Small Business Majority
Small Business Majority is a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners, to support America’s 28 million small businesses. We conduct extensive opinion and economic research and work with our rapidly growing network of small business owners across the country to ensure their voices are an integral part of the public policy debate. Learn more about us on Wikipedia and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.