A public forum on how state and federal affordable-health-care laws will affect businesses and individuals is planned Wednesday morning, Oct. 9, at Sacred Heart University.

The free program is planned at 8 a.m. in the second-floor board room of the William Pitt Center on the SHU campus and is hosted by state Rep. Tony Hwang, R-134th District.

A panel of health care experts and business people will discuss the federal Affordable Care Act and the Connecticut Healthcare Exchange and how their regulations will affect business, the self-insured, independent contractors, senior citizens and people with pre-existing health conditions, Hwang said in a news release.

A law creating the Connecticut Healthcare Exchange took effect Oct. 1.

Panelists scheduled to attend the forum include: state Sen. Kevin Kelly, ranking member of the legislative Aging and Insurance committees; Phil Boyle, business-to-business outreach manager at Access Health CT; Tim Tracy, co-founder of the health insurance brokerage InsuringCT.com; Dr. Julie Rosenbaum, associate professor at Yale University School of Medicine; Beverly Balaz, CEO, Fairfield Chamber of Commerce; Byron Campbell, co-partner, Firelight Media; and Mickey Hebert, interim CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.