Meeting Archive:
Your Bottom Line: What Health Care Reform Means For Vermont Small Businesses

Meeting Description:

Vermont’s entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. Our small businesses are the lifeblood of the state’s economy and critical to health of our communities. But rising health care costs are making it harder to succeed.

Join this interactive webinar to learn about big picture health reform, as well as how your business can make the most of Vermont’s health insurance exchange that is being created this year. 

You’ll learn:


  • Why is Vermont pursuing health care reform?
  • How will the federally-required health benefit exchange work and impact me?
  • Whether my business is eligible for tax credits?
  • Where can I learn more? 


A question and answer period will follow.

Date: Tue, Feb 14, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Small Business Majority, VBSR, & VPIRG
 Presenter Information
Al Gobeille, Member, Green Mountain Care Board
Al Gobeille owns and operates Gobeille Hospitality, a restaurant and hospitality business that includes four popular restaurants and catering businesses in Burlington.  He serves on the Town of Shelburne Select Board and has negotiated with the Town’s union employees on health insurance benefits.  Mr. Gobeille is a graduate of Norwich University and has served as a U.S. Army officer.  He lives in Shelburne.

Bram Kleppner, CEO, Danforth Pewter

Bram Kleppner is an international businessperson whose career in marketing communications includes ten years at Ben & Jerry’s prior to coming to Danforth Pewter. He is active in social justice organizations and his commentaries are regularly broadcast by Vermont Public Radio. 

Steve Kimbell, Commissioner of BISHCA

Commissioner of the State of Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA)

Kimbell has been involved in public policy issues in Vermont for nearly 40 years. He worked as a staff attorney for Bob Sherman to create the public affairs firm now known as KSE Partners, LLP. Kimbell retired from KSE and from the affiliated law firm of Kimbell Storrow Buckley Hughes July 1, 2010. Kimbell managed statewide campaigns for former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin in 1978 and 1982 and served as state planning director from 1984 to 1985.

Cassandra Gekas, Health Care Advocate, VPIRG
Cassandra conducts policy research and advocacy on health care reform efforts at the state and national levels. Since moving to Vermont in 2005, she has spent time as a national level legislative analyst, an anti-hunger policy advocate and most recently, as a research fellow at UVM's Transportation Research Center.

Dan Barlow, Public Policy Manager, VT Businesses for Social Responsibility

Before joining VBSR in 2010, Dan worked as a political reporter for the Vermont Press Bureau, was the recipient of the 2009 New England Associated Press award, and was a frequent guest on various Vermont news and analysis television and radio programs. Dan started in Vermont journalism in 2002, first at the Brattleboro Reformer, then at the Rutland Herald, and most recently at the Vermont Press Bureau. 

Jessica Stone, Outreach Manager, Small Business Majority
Jessica Stone manages healthcare outreach to the states out of Small Business Majority's Washington, DC office where she builds strong relationships with business and other organizations across the country. Prior to joining Small Business Majority, she served as the principal healthcare policy advisor for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Chair of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. She was part of the senator's team that worked on the Affordable Care Act and its small business provisions. Jessica has also worked on several U.S. Senate campaigns in Florida, North Carolina and Louisiana.