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Educating community on the Affordable Care Act

Congresswoman Meng and Flushing Hospital hosted educational forum

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:30 am

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), in conjunction with Flushing Hospital Medical Center hosted an Educational Forum on the Affordable Care Act and the new health insurance exchange, so that residents in Flushing and surrounding areas could learn about the changes to the nation’s healthcare system and how they can obtain coverage.

The event took place on Nov. 6 in the hospital’s newly renovated 5th floor auditorium. Meng and Bruce Flanz, president and CEO of Flushing Hospital, welcomed a group of panelists comprised of experts in managed care, as well as, local, state and city elected officials.

The audience of over 75 people represented a cross section of various communities, ethnic and religious based organizations all interested in learning how the state Department of Health Insurance Exchange will be rolled out in Queens.

As part of the education portion of the event, a PowerPoint presentation was given by David Evangelista, director of Managed Care for the MediSys Health Network detailing what can be expected in the upcoming months as the health exchange is implemented.

After the presentation, the attendees broke down into smaller focus groups and were assisted by professional Affordable Care Act navigators, as well as, representatives from Healthfirst who explained how insurance can be obtained.

“I encouraged all local residents to attend this important informational seminar so they know how to purchase coverage through the new marketplace,” Meng said.

Flanz noted that Flushing Hospital is committed to be at the forefront of educating the public on the Affordable Care Act.

“We are affirming that commitment by hosting this event and having Flushing Hospital staff available to check the participants for hypertension and oral cancer,” he said.

“ In addition, we have provided literature, navigators and translators to assist in several languages including Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi,” Flanz added.

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • Justin Mayberry posted at 3:44 pm on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    Justin Mayberry Posts: 1

    Well the underlying idea is one of shared sacrifice, with the young and the middle class sharing the costs of helping older and sicker enrollees. This sharing will grow when the (previously delayed) business mandate appears in 2014. The business mandate will encourage employers to shift more employees to exchanges – I guess these employees will be younger, middle-class folks.

    Regardless of party or philosophy I'm not convinced the ACA as-is can work. The private market and single payer are at opposite ends and the ACA is in the middle, with government managing the options for health insurance. The natural alternative to private markets and the ACA is a single payer system in which we have more coverage but possibly fewer doctors, longer wait times, etc. This is the classic price ceiling effect - once prices are capped fewer "suppliers" enter the marketplace. However as in countries with single payer systems (e.g., Australia, Canada) it will still be possible to pay an extra fee to keep doctors on retainer, to purchase supplemental insurance to improve quality of care, etc.