Forum on Health Care Legislation June 29

SARANAC LAKE — Representatives from several regional health care organizations will discuss changes to health care policy that are currently being proposed in Congress.

The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session. The presentation will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29 in the Cantwell Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library.

The focus of the program is: What would proposed changes in current healthcare coverage and reduction in Medicaid mean to the North Country?

Panel members have been selected for their extensive experience and knowledge in health services. Details about them will be available at the forum. Each speaker will give a brief presentation on what potential changes could mean for the populations they serve. The audience will be asked to share their concerns through questions, personal stories and circumstances. Currently proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act have included reductions in spending for Medicaid, which will impact low income groups, as well as the disabled and those requiring long term care. Among them are reductions in subsidies to purchase health insurance, change in the mechanisms for addressing pre-existing condition, and prohibiting Medicaid reimbursement to Planned Parenthood. Other changes include repeal of taxes on the wealthy, and repeal of the requirement to purchase health insurance.

The panel is being moderated by Susan Delehanty, until recently CEO and Executive Director of Citizen Advocates, Inc. and currently serving on the Board of Adirondack Health Institute. Panel members include: Tess Barker, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York; Barry Brogan, Executive Director of North Country Behavioral Healthcare Network; Rebecca Preve, Director for Franklin County Office for the Aging; Matthew Scollin, Communications Director for Adirondack Health. Mr. Scollin worked as Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s Glens Falls regional director, and prior to that in a similar role for her predecessor, former Congressman Bill Owens.

The program, sponsored by Adirondack Voters for Change is free and open to all. Everyone concerned about how changes in Federal health care policy will affect them is invited to attend.


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