American Hotel & Lodging Association to Speak at 6th Annual National Healthcare Reform Conference Sept. 20-24 in D.C.

Katherine Lugar, President & CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association to speak on the topic of Healthcare Reform’s Effect on the Staffing, Hotel & Lodging and Retail Industry at the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Conference.

Washington, DC, August 07, 2014 --( The 6th Annual National Healthcare Reform Conference is pleased to announce Katherine Lugar, President & CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association, as a speaker at the Sept 20-24 event in D.C this year.

The National Healthcare Reform Conference is part of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress,, which is made up of 6+ other conference tracks dedicated towards employers and the benefits and healthcare they offer their employees: Corporate Wellness, Self-Funding, Global Benefits, Health Insurance Exchange, Voluntary Benefits, Corporate Fitness & Nutrition and more.

Katherine Lugar is president and chief executive officer of AH&LA. As the head executive of the largest trade association representing the U.S. lodging industry, Lugar implements and directs AH&LA's services and works directly with the volunteer officers and board of directors in determining the industry's major strategic initiatives. She also oversees AH&LA’s two affiliate organizations, the American Hotel &Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) and the Educational Institute (EI).

Lugar comes to AH&LA with 20 years’ experience in private sector public affairs and on Capitol Hill. She previously served as executive vice president, public affairs, with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). While there, she was principal contact for the federal government affairs team and political outreach program and positioned RILA as the premier organization on the retail industry’s core priorities, including workforce, healthcare, tax, trade, supply chain issues, asset protection, and credit and finance issues. She was also principal contact for the association’s government affairs committee, and was instrumental in doubling the size of the Retail Leaders PAC. Her tenure at RILA was marked by several significant accomplishments, including the development and execution of a major and successful campaign to regulate debit swipe fees (hailed by Politico as the biggest legislative battle of 2011); the creation and implementation of a dual state-federal campaign to level the playing field on sales tax collection; and overseeing successful efforts to block major pro-labor initiatives.

Before joining RILA, Lugar was vice president of federal government relations for Travelers Insurance, serving as the company’s chief representative before Congress and the administration. She has also served as vice president of legislative and political affairs at the National Retail Federation, where she led efforts to update decades-old overtime regulations, championed bankruptcy reform legislation into law and supervised the association’s political and grassroots outreach programs. Lugar’s career in Washington began on the staff of Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer.

Katherine will be presenting with Michelle Reinke Neblett and Edward Lenz on the topic of Healthcare Reform’s Effect on the Staffing, Hotel & Lodging and Retail Industry. This session will cover how delays in the employer mandate gave everyone some time to consider the best strategy available to them, this does not mean you have time to sit back and relax especially if you are an employer in the staffing hotel & lodging or restaurant industry. Employers in these industries face the greatest cost increases when provisions of the healthcare reform law imposing financial penalties on employers that do not offer qualified coverage go into effect in 2015.

Katherine joins over 100 different educational sessions, workshops, forums and summits.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Katherine speak. Register for the conference today.

The 6th National Healthcare Reform Conference is the annual meeting for the Corporate Health & Wellness Association. The Healthcare Reform Center & Policy Institute, (HRCPI), a nonprofit public policy organization, is the leading educator and influencer in healthcare reform for employer groups, Human Resource and Insurance Professionals and provides education throughout the year through live workshops, training and healthcare reform certification.
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