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November 2, 2013

Dennis Lanane: Hospital reps to give information

Madison County Triad will host another Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) meeting on Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Mounds Mall in the theater area. Our October meeting on the subject had over 115 people in attendance despite rainy, stormy weather. A lot of good questions got answered.

This month's meeting will be a little different because the presenters will be from St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital (formerly known as St. John's), Community Hospital Anderson and the Madison County Community Health Center. The presenters will be Georgiana Reynal, system director of public policy and government relations for St. Vincent Health; Terri Rinker, the revenue cycle director for Community Hospital Anderson and a federal certified application counselor; and from Madison County Community Health Center we will have Mike Casuscelli, director of outreach and enrollment, and Penny Jachim. Both are certified Indiana Navigators of the Affordable Care Act.

These representatives who we have invited to help explain the Affordable Care Act are very well-qualified and have a good understanding of how it is supposed to work. They will answer as many questions as time permits.

What we will be looking at is if any changes in the Affordable Care Act will affect the delivery of our health services that we normally receive. Will there be improvements or reductions? Will the costs go up or down? Will people who are now on Medicare, Medicaid, and/or employer insurance policies be affected at all? Will people have to wait longer to access their health needs? We will try to get answers to these and other questions.

Triad puts on these programs as a public service and we try to keep politics out of it. These are not debates over what is right or wrong but what the facts are at that particular time. John Williams of Senior Health Insurance Information Program and Terry West, an Indiana Certified Affordable Care Act Navigator, did very well in explaining the program.

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