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    Health Care Reform: How is Alaska Doing?

    Date: April 22, 2016, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Alaska SHRM State Council
    Compliments of your Alaska SHRM State Council
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    Health Care Reform: How is Alaska Doing?


    It’s been 5 years since Health Care Reform was implemented and this has created some big changes for everyone in Alaska.  This presentation will describe what effect HCR has had on the Alaska marketplace, on employers and on employees.  We will focus on those changes, and what we can expect in the next couple of years. We will also discuss how employers can prepare for those changes.


    K. Michael Ward, SPHR, GPHR, The Wilson Agency

    Michael was born and raised in Hawaii but calls Alaska her home after 17 years. She brings more than 14 years of human resources management experience to The Wilson Agency. Throughout her career, Michael has gained experience in all aspects of Human Resources, including benefits. Recently she was the Human Resources Manager for an Alaskan Native Corporation's 8 subsidiaries. Past experience also includes work in the construction, oil & gas support, government contract, health, retail, non-profit and manufacturing industries. Her tenure in the human resources field has allowed her to gain valuable knowledge and experience on the needs of our customers, taking a proactive approach to issues. Michael graduated with honors from the University of Hawaii, Manoa with a Master's Degree in Public Health, Administration and Planning, and from the University of Alaska, Anchorage with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. She is certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR), as well as, a Global Professional of Human Resources (GPHR). Michael is an active member in the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) with the local Anchorage Chapter, as well as with other non-profit organizations in Alaska.