Health Care Checkup for Employers

2018 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
Review health care initiatives under the Trump administration and the 115th Congress and how these changes will impact employers and their benefit offerings to employees.

Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, employers have been changing or implementing new health care design strategies to comply with the law. In 2018, President Donald Trump and the 115th Congress will focus on targeted modifications to the law to address affordability, coverage and quality of care. Understandably, there is a lot of anxiety in the employer community as to what provisions will change and when. The goal of this session is to provide an overview of health care legislative and regulatory initiatives and how these changes will impact your workplace and your employees. In this session, you will:

  • Review the Trump administration and Congress’ health care initiatives and their implications for employer-sponsored benefits.
  • Discuss strategies that you can implement to comply with new and/or proposed changes to the ACA and other health care-related regulations.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 2:15pm to 3:45pm

Chatrane Birbal


Chatrane Birbal is a Senior Advisor, Government Relations on  SHRM’s Government Affairs team. 

Prior to joining SHRM, Ms. Birbal was the Director, Government Relations at the Council on Foundations, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit membership association of some 2,000 grant making foundations and corporations, with assets totaling more than $282 billion. During her tenure at the Council Ms. Birbal implemented strategies and launched programs in support of the organization’s public policy and government relations work. Her responsibilities included tracking relevant legislation, raising the Council’s profile with the Congress and other nonprofit organizations, advising members on their legislative activities and planning and execution of the Council’s annual legislative fly-in conference, “Foundations on the Hill”. 

Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Birbal was a Federal Legislative lobbyist at the American Psychiatric Association (APA), an Arlington, VA-based medical specialty society with over 38,000 U.S. and international member physicians who work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. During her tenure at the APA Ms. Birbal lobbied Congress on behalf of psychiatrists, planned and executed the association’s annual advocacy day training session for membership as well as developed the APA’s online advocacy action center to further legislative efforts on behalf of the psychiatry profession.

Chatrane obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York and received her graduate degree of Public Administration, concentration International Relations from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Heather Meade


Heather specializes in health care and tax-exempt policy and advises business leaders, policy makers, trade associations, and not-for-profit organizations on a broad range of policy issues. She provides strategic legislative and regulatory advice on the Affordable Care Act and employee benefits, and works with a diverse group of health care payors, providers and manufacturers.

Heather received a B.A. in political science, Spanish and international studies from Western Washington University and earned her J.D. with an emphasis on health law from the University of Washington School of Law and is a member of the bar of New York and the District of Columbia. 

Location: Congressional A
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