Our Alliance Learning Circle on August 18, 2010, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Balancing the Big Picture with Immediate Implications, was a well attended and dynamic event. We probably could have continued presenting information, discussing and networking for at least a week.

We received good feedback on our speaker John Barlament from Michael Best & Friedrich from attendees in our post-survey. Respondents also rated the format very highly, which broke up the information portion with a chance to ask questions of both John and each other. We will continue to look at the possibility of holding similar sessions in the coming years as more information becomes available.

We are also looking forward to continuing the discussion with lawmakers at candidate forums. The first, on September 29, will give you a chance to hear from and speak directly to candidates running for office this coming fall. We are in the process of confirming attendance with lawmakers and candidates for office and will let you know more about the slate of candidates following the primaries on September 14. Learn more about that event as well as our Alliance Learning Circle: Benefit Plan Compliance — Control is Within Your Reach in the article below.

The candidate forum on September 29, and others like it, are part of our continuing efforts to help lawmakers better understand the employer perspective when it comes to critical health care policy issues, and to help members better understand important policy initiatives being discussed on both the federal and state levels. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Cheryl DeMars

Cheryl DeMars

President & CEO, The Alliance

Cheryl DeMars joined The Alliance in 1992, assuming several roles before becoming CEO in December 2006. Cheryl works with the Board of Directors and senior leadership team to establish the strategic direction of the cooperative. 
 
Cheryl participates in a number of national and regional initiatives that align with The Alliance’s mission of controlling costs, improving quality and engaging individuals in their health. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the board of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality. 
 
Prior to joining The Alliance, Cheryl was a program manager at Meriter Hospital in Madison. She earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

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