A training session for small business owners and employees to learn about new health insurance options and requirements is being held Jan. 21 at the Van Buren Public Library.

Set for 10 a.m to noon, the session is a free event to help educate businesses on the Affordable Care Act and how it pertains to them, said Ronda Hawkins, training coordinator with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas Tech University, said in an email.

ASBTDC is presenting the session, titled "Informed Businesses: Navigating the Affordable Care Act," in partnership with the Arkansas Insurance Department, she said.

Key provisions of the federal health care law – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 – and the new Health Insurance Marketplace, which opened Oct. 1, will be discussed during the session.

"We want to help Arkansas small business owners understand the law and make informed choices about health insurance coverage for themselves and their employees," Janet Roderick, ASBTDC state director, said in a media release.

Training highlights will include the Arkansas Health Connector website; SHOP, the Small Business Health Options Program; compliance and notification requirements that began Oct. 1 for employers; new tax reporting requirements for employers; available tax credits, potential rebates and premium reduction programs; and potential financial penalties for non-compliance.

Pre-registration is required. To register, call (479) 356-2067 or email rhawkins2@atu.edu. To make accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Hawkins at (479) 356-2067 in advance.