Garden City, NY – The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will host a free community seminar on the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
“The New Health Care Law: What It Means To You”
brings together community outreach and public health experts to educate the
public about obtaining health insurance, enrollment specifics, preventive and
wellness care, controlling costs and how the law benefits uninsured and
underserved individuals. Expert panelists include: State Senator Kemp Hannon,
chair, Senate Health Committee; Kelly Ann Murray, Director of Healthcare
Programs for the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island; Jacqueline
Moline, MD, Vice President of Public Health, NSLIJ Health System and chair of
population health, North Shore University Hospital, Lisa Tyson, director, Long
Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC); and Kenneth Feiffer, associate dean, Icahn
School of Medicine, Mt. Sinai Hospital. A Q&A session is planned, following
“Many people are unaware or confused about the
requirements of the Affordable Care Act,” said EHSLI Humanist Religion Director
Calvin Dame. “We are delighted to offer this seminar to help our community
better understand the law, what they need to do, and when they need to do it.”
Health insurance exchanges begin signing up
consumers on October 1. Attending an information session early in the process
gives attendees ample time to shop around for the best plan, armed with the
necessary knowledge to make informed decisions, Dame said.
Starting January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act
requires everyone to have at minimum, a basic health insurance plan or pay a
penalty. Many who already have insurance through an employer, spouse, or other
source can simply keep their current plan. However, with nearly 50 million
people in the U.S. lacking any type of coverage at all, the law guarantees that
most will be able to obtain essential benefits, including preventive and
wellness care, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care,
and rehabilitative services.
The Ethical Humanist Society is located at 38 Old
Country Road, Garden City. Admission to the seminar is free, but space is
limited – anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP to 516–741–7304.