Club 20 to address health insurance
Businesses and individuals can learn about their options in Colorado under the new health insurance laws at the Club 20 fall meeting.
Club 20, the Western Slope advocacy group, will sponsor several discussions about “Accessing Health Care Through the Affordable Care Act” on Sept. 7 at Two Rivers Convention Center.
Except for lunch, the event will be open to the public to help individuals learn more about the Affordable Care Act, which becomes effective Jan. 1, 2014.
Patty Fontneau, chief executive officer of Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange, will discuss the implications of the new law for individuals and small business at 8:20 a.m.
Connect for Health Colorado is scheduled to begin working with consumers Oct. 1 on www. connectforhealthcolorado.com.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce manager for health care policy, Jennifer Pierotti, will discuss what small businesses need to know about the law at 9:45 a.m. and what large businesses need to know at 10:45 a.m.
Greg Walcher, a former Club 20 president and the author of “Smoking Them Out: The Theft of the Environment and How to Take it Back,” will speak at lunch, followed by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., whose district includes most of the Western Slope.
Health care issues will retake the stage at 1:15, when Dr. David West, vice president at Hope-West, will discuss how best to choose a provider and an insurance plan.
At the same time, Sue Birch, executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance, will talk about the expansion of Medicaid in the state.
Health care costs and spending will be up for discussion at 2:15 p.m. by Bell Policy Center analyst Bob Semro and at 3 p.m., Jay Want of the Center for Improving Health Care will discuss making the system better.
People interested in attending the sessions are urged to register so organizers can better determine what space they will need.
“We want people to attend the information sessions, but we do need people to register,” Club 20 Executive Director Bonnie Petersen said.
Registration is available at http://www.Club20.org or by calling 242-3264.
The luncheon is $25 per person.