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Ollis, Whitlock firms partner for health care seminar

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Springfield-based firms Ollis & Co. and The Whitlock Co. are partnering to host a seminar called Definitive Healthcare Update, which will feature James Gelfand, U.S. Chamber of Commerce senior manager of health policy, as the keynote speaker.

Richard Ollis, CEO of the insurance company, said in the release the seminar was organized because of the need for local and regional businesses to see the impact that changes in health care are having on their companies.

David Myers, managing partner of accounting firm Whitlock Co., expanded on the event's purpose.

"The intent of the seminar is to help companies mitigate their rising cost of risk and employee benefits," he said in the release.

Whitlock Co. Marketing Director Anne McCormick said the company has a rough idea of its topics at this point but will iron them out more specifically next week. The topics will likely include: Form W-2 changes, Form 1099 changes, small-business tax credit changes and health savings accounts withdrawal taxation changes.

McCormick said Ollis & Co. will speak about insurance changes and what companies can do to move forward. Ollis & Co. representatives were unavailable for comment at press time.

The seminar will be held 7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Sept. 9 at Hickory Hills Country Club, 3309 E. Cherry St., the release said. The event is free and available to about 250 people, McCormick said.

Gelfand joined the U.S. Chamber in August 2007 and also co-manages its Employee Benefits Committee, the release said.

"He was an advocate on behalf of chamber members for health care reform," McCormick added. "We asked him to come because we wanted a perspective that was there in Washington and had a little bit more insight into how all of it shaped up."

The Ollis/Whitlock seminar is one of several to be held locally in response to passage of federal health reform, including those by Employee Benefit Design LLC, Haggerman & Associates LLC and another by Ollis & Co. (see related links). In late July, 1st Choice Employee Benefit Solutions held a health care reform luncheon at Metropolitan Grill.

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