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.