Cowley First, the Cowley County Economic Development Partnership, will be host to a free Affordable Care Act presentation from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Cowley College’s Wright Room, located at 215 S. Second St. in Arkansas City.

Cowley First logoThe presentation is geared toward employers, business owners, human resources managers, CPAs and attorneys, but anyone can attend.

Seating is limited and therefore pre-registration is required by calling Cowley First at (620) 442-3094 or (620) 221-9951, or emailing

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been in effect for more than seven years. Efforts to “repeal and replace” the law as a whole all have failed to this point. However, that does not mean the ACA is unchanged. Numerous provisions have been repealed or changed, and the Internal Revenue Service and other government agencies have filled in numerous gaps in the law.

Attorney Steven P. Smith will bring attendees up to date on key provisions of the law as they affect employers, including provisions that have been changed, repealed or delayed, and also will review the changes that will be made if legislation pending in Congress is approved.

Smith is a member of Hinkle Law Firm LLC in Wichita, where his practice is focused on employee benefits.

He works regularly with employers of all sizes to help them to understand and comply with the Affordable Care Act and other laws that affect the way they offer benefits to their employees, including laws such as ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA and the Internal Revenue Code.

Smith is a frequent public speaker on employee benefit-related topics.

Since 2003, he has been a contributing author for the book Group Health Plans: Federal Mandates Other Than COBRA and HIPAA, which is published by the Employee Benefits Institute of America, a division of Thomson Reuters.

Smith also is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, Wichita Bar Association and Gulf Coast Area IRS TE/GE Council. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Wichita State University and his juris doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law.

This information was provided by Cowley First Director Kerri Falletti.