On Wednesday evening, June 26, 2013, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the recent Supreme Court ruling about the law will be the focus of the 18th Annual Public Health Policy Forum, Implementing Health Care Reform: Challenges and Opportunities, to be held at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline, MA. Following a reception from 6-7 PM, the forum will begin at 7:00 PM.
Sponsored by the Friends of Brookline Public Health and the Brookline Adult and Community Education Program, the forum offers Brookline residents an opportunity to learn about the challenges and opportunities that exist in implementing the ACA and what changes the law will require in Massachusetts and nationally.
Former Governor Michael Dukakis will moderate the panel, which features Marylou Sudders, MSW, Associate Professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and former Commissioner of Mental Health for the Commonwealth; Nancy Turnbull, MBA, Associate Dean for Educational Programs and a senior lecturer in health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, formerly President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation; and Jean Yang, MBA, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority
Now that the ACA is law and being implemented around the country, as a result of the Supreme Court ruling on the Act a year ago, there are still many questions left unanswered. The focus of the law is to provide better and more affordable health insurance coverage for all. This includes expanding access to health insurance to over 30 million Americans and lowering Medicare spending. What challenges and opportunities does healthcare reform provide? How will the ACA affect health care services, financing and access in Massachusetts and nationally? How does the law affect and relate to payment reform in Massachusetts? Does the law improve access to mental health services? What is the future of national and local health care reform? Join us for a discussion of these issues.
The Public Health Policy Forum is co-sponsored by the Brookline Department of Public Health, the Brookline Council on Aging, Brookline Community Mental Health Center, the Brookline Human Relations/Youth Resources Commission, League of Women Voters of Brookline, Brookline Commission for Women, and the Brookline Department of Veterans Services. The forum is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For further information, Brookline Department of Public Health, 617-730-2336 or Brookline Adult and Community Education, www.brooklineadulted.org