Presentations to break down Affordable Care Act

10/1/2013

Series of programs scheduled for Oct. 8.

Series of programs scheduled for Oct. 8.

By The Telegram

Several Garden City organizations on Oct. 8 are sponsoring presentations about the Affordable Care Act to help people better understand the impact and implications of the law.

Sheldon Weisgrau, director of the Health Reform Resource Project, will make a series of presentations titled, "What You Really Need to Know about ACA." All sessions are open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Vision, the city of Garden City and Garden City Community College.

The presentations are at 7:30 a.m. in the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Auditorium at GCCC; 1:30 p.m. in the city commission room on the second floor of the City Administrative Center, 301 N. Eighth St.; and 7 p.m. at the Pauline Joyce Auditorium. The city commission session will be televised on Cox Cable Channel 8.

The presentations will feature a discussion on how the ACA may address problems in the health system, the impact of the law on consumers, healthcare providers, and businesses and a question-and-answer session.

"With enrollment in the ACA set to launch this month, and with much of this healthcare law scheduled to take effect January 2014, many people, including healthcare professionals, still do not understand the law or how it will impact them," Steve Dyer, Chamber president, said in a press release. "To that end, the Chamber and our partners came together to host Sheldon's visit to Garden City to explain the implications of this act on businesses and what to expect in the coming years."

The Health Reform Resource Project is a foundation-funded initiative to provide education and technical assistance to consumers and other stakeholders in the implementation of health reform and the Affordable Care Act in Kansas.

Weisgrau has 30 years of experience in health policy and has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to ensure the delivery of healthcare services in rural and underserved communities and to enhance the knowledge and engagement of healthcare consumers, providers and policymakers. Weisgrau earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a master's degree in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

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