Panel discusses health care regulations in Roseburg

Panel discusses health care regulations in Roseburg

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- On Monday, the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce presented a panel discussion on the impact of the Affordable Care Act, which was passed three years ago.

One official estimates about 100 people attended the luncheon, including small business owners and chamber members.

Derick Simmons, a local attorney, says employers will have to provide health insurance if they have more than 50 employees. "I don't think that it's a good thing or a bad thing. What it is, is a huge change in the way business has been conducted," Simmons said. "Change is always uncomfortable for folks who have made it successfully to where they are."

He says a big question is whether or not employers will contribute more or less to health insurance, or get entirely out of the business.

In addition, changes in health care were discussed, and a representative from the Oregon Insurance Exchange also spoke about the topic.