What: DFA Meetup: Making the Most of the Affordable Care Act
Where: Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, Valentine Hall Auditorium
When: Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 PM
Since October 1st, the healthcare insurance marketplace of the Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare) has been open for business amidst a host of problems. On Wednesday, November 6, the Gettysburg Area DFA will present a program called “Making the Most of the Affordable Care Act” to help local citizens address questions they may have. According to panelist Jeanne Duffy, “The new health care exchanges may have opened with not-surprising technical problems, but given the insufficiencies of our previous health care ‘system’ the ACA is an important step in the right direction and needs to be given a chance.” Three members of the Democracy For America’s healthcare task force, chaired by Will Lane, will address such questions as, How does the ACA affect you? Who should sign up for the exchanges? What is happening with the Medicaid expansion in PA, and what is the effect on Pennsylvania’s Medicaid-eligible population?
Panelists for the Meetup include: Jeanne Duffy, Ph.D., Janet Landon, RN, and Moriah Adams of Gettysburg College. Duffy is a retired Director of Foundation, Corporate, and Government Support at Gettysburg College. Duffy’s 18-year career in this field was preceded by 12 years in the corporate world as an analyst, researcher, and writer/editor and ten years as a College English professor. Since her retirement, Duffy has devoted much of her time to researching healthcare issues in the U.S, and advocating for universal healthcare as a human right. Janet Landon is now a school nurse in the Vida Charter School. She previously worked for both a health insurance company and a hospital, gaining a first-hand perspective on the inequities of the U.S. health care system. Moriah Adams is a third-year Health Sciences student at Gettysburg College. Adams became a strong advocate for health care reform after her own hard personal experience of what it means to be sick and uninsured in the United States.
The public is invited to participate in the Meetup and working session at 7:00 pm on November 6 in Valentine Hall Auditorium at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg.