Community seminar to examine pros, cons of Affordable Care Act

by Pamela Young, Published October 18, 2012

One hot topic of this year's presidential campaign is the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Nicknamed Obama Care, the law is designed to increase access to health coverage, and provide new consumer protection for people with insurance.

In an effort to educate the public about the pros and cons of the new act, Eastern Michigan University will host the seminar, "Everything You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act: A Community Teach-In," Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital's Administration Area auditorium at 5301 McAuley Drive, Ypsilanti.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free and attendees are asked to park in Parking Lot P. Refreshments will be available at 5 p.m. to encourage networking.

"The teach-in will offer valuable insights from consumers, the insurance industry and medical care providers," said Richard Douglass, professor of health administration at Eastern. "We'll also encourage the audience to actively participate in a town hall question-and-answer session."

Guest speakers include:

Robert (Rob) Casalou, president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals - Ann Arbor and Livingston County. Casalou will discuss the expected impact of the ACA on a major teaching hospital and health system.

Steven Hernandez, southeast Michigan coordinator of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, a non-profit advocacy organization. Hernandez will present the history and overview of the Act.

Kirk Roy, vice president of national health reform, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. He will talk about how the ACA would affect the current status of the insured and uninsured in Michigan.

The seminar will provide timely information and discuss perceptions surrounding the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact Michiganders, says Douglass.

The event is sponsored by Eastern Michigan University's Program in Health Administration, AARP of Michigan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-Ann Arbor.

For more information, call Eastern's health administration program at 734-487-4096.


Pamela Young

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