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HBA Metro Chapter Flagship Event: Health Reform Election Outcome and What it Means for You?

The Affordable Care Act,has the potential to affect more than 100 million Americans over the next decade and will revolutionize patient care as we know it. The HBA will host an event delving into the legislation’s impact, April 9, 2013.


Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Hosts Expert Panel Exploring the Impact of Healthcare Reform 

HBA Metro Chapter Flagship Event:  Health Reform Election Outcome and What it Means for You? 

FAIRFIELD, NJ — March 25, 2013 — The Affordable Care Act, the largest government overhaul of the healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid, has the potential to affect more than 100 million Americans over the next decade and will revolutionize patient care as we know it. As a leader in communications concerning significant industry issues, the Healthcare Business Women’s Association (HBA) will host an event delving into the legislation’s impact on April 9, 2013. Content will be tailored to the biopharmaceutical industry from clinical research and R&D to pharma marketing and market access. 

Sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals and held at their corporate offices in East Hanover, NJ, panel speakers include Bobby Clark, senior manager, PwC Health Research Institute; Margaret Johnson, Vvce president, chief pharmacy officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Christopher Khoury, MSc, MBA, senior manager, PwC Health Research Institute, Kevin Rigby, vice president, public affairs, Novartis, Meryl Zausner, CFO, Novartis and Shawn O’Neail, executive director, legislative affairs, Novartis. The panel will cover critical questions, including:

·        How will the ACA change the healthcare system, our industry, the medical community and patients?
·        How will the states move forward?
·        How can the industry best navigate and implement change in tough budgetary times against the fiscal cliff?
·        Are insurers and providers ready for an influx of millions of new customers?

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, HBA Metro chapterpresident states “This is a wonderful event to hear from industry experts and network with others interested in how to best navigate this complex piece of government regulation. You also have the opportunity to meet the 2013 HBA Honorable Mentor, Kevin Rigby, Vice President, Public Affairs at Novartis”.   

More information and registration can be found on the HBA Metro Chapter website. Follow the event live on Twitter via @HBAnet_metro.

About the HBA
The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) is in its fourth decade as a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement of women in healthcare worldwide. With 15 chapters throughout the US and in Europe, the HBA is headquartered in New Jersey with offices in Philadelphia and Research Triangle Park. The HBA provides educational opportunities for women and men to develop cutting-edge healthcare industry knowledge and leadership skills; recognizes outstanding women and men in the industry; provides opportunities for networking; creates greater visibility for women in the industry; fosters mentoring relationships and serves as a conduit and sponsor for research on career advancement issues. The HBA has over 6,000 individual members and over 130 Corporate Partners. It is widely recognized as the catalyst for leadership development of women in healthcare worldwide and was named by Leadership Excellence as having one of the top leadership development programs in North America for the last four years.

About the HBA Metro Chapter
The HBA Metro Chapter is the founding and largest chapter of the HBA in the heart of the east coast’s life sciences corridor, serving members in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The HBA Metro Chapter provides a wide variety of leadership development offerings, including Affinity/Special Interest Programs, CONNECTIONS Networking Events, evening Keynote Programs, virtual programs, an annual group mentoring program and special offerings for executive and senior-level women via the chapter’s Executive Women’s Outreach initiative. A host of volunteer opportunities are available for members who seek to support the chapter and enrich their HBA experience.

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[1] HHS. “Health reform law ends lifetime limits for 105 million Americans,” March 5, 2012.  Available at: .

Tory Cenaj
HBA Metro Chapter PR Chair
Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association


 Healthcare Reform
 Bobby Clark, HRI
 Meryl Zausner, CFO
 Margaret Johnson, PharmD
 Shawn O’Neail, Novartis

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