Talk Straight Forum will address Affordable Care Act

(04-03-2013)

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With changes that are soon to unfold due to The Affordable Care Act, Adams State University Community Partnerships is facilitating a “Talk Straight with Adams State” forum around the issue. This upcoming forum and panel discussion will get behind the headlines and look at how this new law will impact citizens in the San Luis Valley. Marguerite Salazar, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide an overview and update of the implementation of the reform act. Attendees will obtain insight into the impactful role that the Regional Dept. of Health and Human Services will play in the implementation of the healthcare act.

A statewide panel of healthcare experts will address the pressing issues associated with the law, including what the individual mandate to obtain health insurance will mean for individuals of every income level and businesses of all sizes. Impacts on access to healthcare and preventive care incentives will also be a focus. Panelists representing most aspects of this huge industry will participate. The panel will include: Ned Calonge, MD, President and CEO, The Colorado Trust; Gigi Darricades, CEO, Valleywide Health Systems, Inc.; Tom Deegan, RN and Author of Healthcare: A View from the Trenches; Reginaldo Garcia, PhD. UCD, Rocky Mt. Prevention Research Center; Russ Johnson, CEO, SLV Regional Medical Center; Cindy Palmer, CEO, San Luis Valley HMO and Marguerite Salazar, Regional Director, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. The discussion will be led by Armando Valdez, assistant professor of healthcare administration, School of Business, Adams State.

The audience will have a rare opportunity to have their questions answered by this panel of experts. To submit your questions for the panel prior to the event, please visit Community Partnerships. This forum will be held from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in McDaniel Hall room 101. Attendance is free.

For questions or more information, please call ASU Community Partnerships at 719-587-8209.