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Affordable Health Care Act Forum
Forum organized by Representatives Grant and Treat takes place Nov. 13, 2013 at the Gardiner Public Library

GARDINER – A group of experts will participate in “The Maine Health Insurance Marketplace Explained,” a forum organized by Reps. Gay Grant, D-Gardiner, and Sharon Treat, D-Hallowell.

“Understanding the Affordable Care Act can be a daunting task,” said Grant. “Our expert panel is a great resource for learning about the new law and the Health Care Exchange where coverage can be purchased. This is an opportunity for the public to learn what the Affordable Care Act means for them.”

The forum will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Gardiner Public Library located at 152 Water St. in Gardiner.

“It’s important that people have access to accurate information about the Affordable Care Act, particularly at this early stage of implementation,” said Treat, the House chair of the Maine Health Exchange Advisory Committee. “This forum will help individuals better understand the ACA and will provide resources to help them get the health insurance they need.”

The panel of health care policy experts will discuss how individuals and businesses are affected by the Affordable Care Act and how they can use the Maine Health Insurance Marketplace to purchase affordable health insurance policies.

Panelist Mitchell Stein, policy director of Maine Consumers for Affordable Health Care conducts policy research for health care advocacy efforts. Stein serves on the Legislature’s Health Exchange Advisory Committee.

Ann Schwab and Emily Owen, also on the panel, are from HealthReach Community Health Centers, an organization comprised of 11 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Central and Western Maine that provides primary care to 30,000 Maine people of all ages each year. They completed Certified Application Counselor training this fall and assist the public with the new Health Insurance Marketplace education and enrollment.

The presentation from the panel will be followed by a question and answer session.  For more information, please call 207-582-3312.

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