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ACA Town Hall Forum in October in Pennsylvania

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 represents a dramatic impact on the American health care system, the most significant and sweeping federal health care legislation since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.  The ACA includes a series of reforms that transform the accessibility and quality of health care for millions of Americans, and the potential to radically change the delivery and cost of health care for the majority of Americans.  The Town Hall Forum is intended to provide a basic (and objective) look of the law’s function and scope, focusing particularly on how it will directly impact on the benefits, cost, and access to care for people in Pennsylvania.

Health Insurance Exchanges (now officially referred to as Market Places) are scheduled to go into effect nationally (including Pennsylvania) on October 1st of this year.  The Town Hall Forum will explore the options that will be available to consumers in Pennsylvania, and address some of the FAQ about the Health Insurance Exchanges:

  • What are Health Insurance Market Places and how do they work?
  • How will people access information about the insurance options available through the insurance market place?
  • What happens if an individual does not have health insurance and chooses not to purchasehealth insurance from an insurance market place?
  • What happens if employers do not provide health insurance for their employees?
  • Will there be subsidies to make health insurance more affordable, and what are the eligibility criteria?

In addition, the Forum will also consider the broader implications of the Affordable Care Act, in particular, how the ACA will impact and change the Medicare system.  For those individuals that rely on Medicare for their health care coverage, understanding what’s currently happening and what’s on the horizon for Medicare’s beneficiaries is imperative.

The Town Hall Forum is open to the general public  The first 90 minutes is devoted to introducing the program and the panelists, explaining the presentation format, and then providing an overview of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on accessing health care coverage in Pennsylvania.  The remaining 90 minutes will be an Open Forum, allowing members of the audience to direct their questions to the expert panel.

10/2/13 – 9 am to Noon

University of Pittsburgh, University Club – Ballroom B

123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

This event is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, the APPRISE Program of Allegheny County, and the Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Resources.  If you would like to attend, please email your RSVP to mckendreew@fswp.org

The final APPRISE Lunch and Learn for the 2013 year (The Medicare Open Enrollment Forum) is coming up on Thursday, October 10th.   In keeping with our established tradition, this Lunch & Learn will be a review of Medicare Part C and Part D plan changes for the 2013 Annual Enrollment Period (for the 2014 plan year).  This is always our most popular Lunch & Learn event, consistently producing the largest turnout from a wide range of social service providers (as well as the entire APPRISE staff).  And once again we are inviting representatives from the insurance companies that provide Medigaps, Advantage plans (Part C plans), and Part D plans for Allegheny County, to discuss changes to the plans for 2014 and answer audience questions.  I’m hoping that you or one of your staff can be available as a panelist for this event.  If you  would like to attend, please email your RSVP by Friday August 30th to mckendreew@fswp.org.

LOCATION

The Lunch and Learn will be held at the Human Service Building, 1 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (located downtown at the corner of Smithfield and Fort Pitt Blvd.).

FORMAT

11:30 am – Noon…….Lunch / Greetings / General Announcements

Noon – 3:00 pm………Presentation of Topic(s) / Q&A

DATE/TOPIC

10/10/2013…………The Medicare Open Enrollment Forum

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