Small businesses can get some expert guidance about how the Affordable Care Act will affect them at a panel discussion on Wednesday.

Under the Affordable Care Act, small businesses will be able to buy health insurance for their employees through a government health insurance exchange or marketplace beginning Oct. 1.

The Wednesday event starts with a complimentary breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by a panel discussion from 8 to 11 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel – Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way.

The panel, hosted by the Arizona Daily  Star’s David Fitzsimmons, includes Pima County Public Health Director Dr. Francisco Garcia; Peter Beahan, a CPA with BeachFleischman PC; attorney Joel Wakefield; Jay Heydt of Crest Insurance Group; and Kathy Oestreich, CEO of Meritus Health Partners, a nonprofit cooperative that will sell insurance through the state exchange.

The event is presented by the Pima County Workforce Investment Board and hosted by Meritus.