Community Forum on the Affordable Care Act and the Future of Health Care in Virginia

Community Forum on the Affordable Care Act and the Future of Health Care in Virginia

WHAT: Community Forum on the Affordable Care Act and the Future of Health Care in Virginia

WHEN: 7:00 – 9:00 pm Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WHERE: John F. Fick III Conference Center (2nd floor rear entrance to Carl D. Silver/Moss Free Clinic building on Mary Washington Hospital campus), 1301 Sam Perry Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22401

AGENDA:  7:00 – 8:00 Panel discussion on health insurance including the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, the recent AHCA and Single Payer System

8:00 – 9:00 Community comments and questions

FORMAT: This educational forum will be moderated by a non-partisan individual.  There will be an expert panel of stakeholders, who will each make brief presentations, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

MODERATOR: Susan Larson, publisher of Fredericksburg.Today https://fredericksburg.today/fredericksburgtoday-online-news

PANEL:

  • Consumer Advocate: Jill Hanken, health law attorney for the Virginia Poverty Law Center
  • Hospital Representative: Dr. Michael P. McDermott, CEO and President of Mary Washington HealthCare
  • Physician/Patient representative: Dr. Timothy Powell, medical director of the Fredericksburg Christian Health Center
  • Business Community Representative: Susan Spears, CEO and President of Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Health Care for All Advocate (Medicare for All/Single Payer): Dr. Jay Brock, Family Physician (retired), past President Fredericksburg Area Medical Society

CO-HOSTS: Mary Washington HealthCare and Lloyd Moss Free Clinic

CO-SPONSORS: Legal Aid Works (formerly Rappahannock Legal Services),  Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Virginia Poverty Law Center, We Are For America, and a number of local citizens groups. Each sponsor will have a table with literature in the lobby.

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396742957031661/

BACKGROUND:

  • Wikipedia article on “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act

  • gov provides explanations, the entire act, and access to signing up:

https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/affordable-care-act/

  • Jeanne Lambrew, Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation wrote a commentary “Refresher: Why the ACA’s Basic Health Benefits Matter”

https://tcf.org/content/commentary/refresher-acas-basic-health-benefits-matter/

  • The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation provided a summary of the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628):

http://files.kff.org/attachment/Proposals-to-Replace-the-Affordable-Care-Act-Summary-of-the-American-Health-Care-Act

  • Economist and Nobel Prize-winning Op-Ed columnist Paul Krugman wrote commentary for the New York Times “A Bill So Bad It’s Awesome”:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/opinion/a-bill-so-bad-its-awesome.html?_r=0