Townhall Meeting - Implications of ACA/Obamacare

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 6:00pm
Event End Date: 
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 8:00pm

Townhall meeting about the implications of ACA/Obamacare

How the Affordable Care Act Affects You
The Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is the most sweeping health care reform since the inception of Medicare in 1965. Although the federal law has important implications for individuals, families, and businesses, many Americans remain unsure of how the law will impact them.
This panel discussion will feature short presentations by health care experts, explaining how the ACA may affect healthcare delivery and access in 2014. This will be followed by a Q&A session where audience members are encouraged to ask their own questions about the federal health care law.

Space is limited, so please sign up soon!


Topics covered:
· The individual mandate – how tax penalties may be levied and enforced
· California’s Health Insurance Exchange (Covered California) – who might benefit from buying insurance on the exchange and how to purchase a health plan from the exchange
· Medicaid expansion – who will be eligible to enroll in Medi-Cal after its expansion.
· Impact on Medicare – how the ACA affects seniors ≥65 and those with disabilities who are covered through Medicare
· Impact on hospitals and private insurance – how new rules and regulations within the ACA may affect the delivery of care
· Impact on small businesses – how the ACA affects small businesses that may be required to provide coverage for employees under the law.

Dolores Alvarado, CEO, Community Health Partnership of Santa Clara County
Dolores Alvarado currently serves as the CEO of Community Health Partnership of Santa Clara County, a consortium of nonprofit community health centers and clinics that promote affordable, accessible, and quality care for residents of the county. Previously, she served as Executive Manager in the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. She is a recognized leader for health services throughout the Bay Area and the state and a respected advocate on behalf of low-income and medically underserved communities. With a track record of over 30 years of experience, Dolores brings a diverse perspective from her previous work in a community health center, family planning clinic, county hospital, and university-affiliated adolescent clinic. Dolores obtained a Masters in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health and a Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in Community Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mark Herbert,Project Manager / Outreach Manager, Small Business Majority
Mark Herbert is Project Manager and Outreach Manager for Small Business Majority. Mark manages Small Business Majority’s statewide project to educate small business owners about Covered California, the state’s new health insurance marketplace. Mark works closely with Covered California and Small Business Majority’s California outreach team to ensure the project is successful. In addition, he works directly with business organizations and small business owners, to inform and educate them about the impacts of the Affordable Care Act. Previously, Mark worked for state and federal lawmakers, where he directed business operations and built relationships with small business owners about public policy issues.

Stephanie Thompson, Program Manager of Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy, Sourcewise Community Resource Solutions:
Stephanie Thompson has specialized in serving seniors and the disabled in Santa Clara County for the past 6 years. Currently, Stephanie is the Coordinator for the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) administered by Sourcewise, previously the Council on Aging Silicon Valley. HICAP is an advocate for senior healthcare rights and assists in obtaining entitlement to senior healthcare benefits, is a state and federally run program.

Jessica Oney, Certified Educator, Covered California
Jessica Olney currently works as a Covered California Certified Educator. She has been working in the field of health outreach for the past four years with organizations such as Planned Parenthood, West County Health Centers, AmeriCorps, and the Center for Prevention and Outreach. Her work with these organizations has shaped her interest and research in health care reform and she especially enjoys being speaking one-on-one with individuals in the community about their questions and concerns about Covered California.

Jason Andrew, CEO & Founder, Stone Meadow Benefits
Jason is the Founder of Stone Meadow Benefits & Insurance Associates, a Silicon Valley-based insurance brokerage that provides cutting edge technology and wellness solutions for its clients. Prior to founding SMB, Jason worked as the managing producer at LHI (Lawson-Hawks Insurance Associates) where he focused on public entity clients, non-profits and technology startups. He has worked as the lead consultant in negotiating, designing, implementing and communicating benefit plans to multiple public entities, unionized and non-union clients, and small employers. Jason has advised numerous Silicon Valley startups and works closely with the Silicon Valley business community. He is an advisor to the Social Media Committee for VC Taskforce. He is on the Board of Napa Children's Health Initiative, a non-profit whose mission is to enroll all children in subsidized health insurance. He currently serves on the Silicon Valley Association of Health Underwriters (SVAHU) Board of Directors and heads a committee for California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU), which was designed for collaborative discussions between CAHU and HHS's (Health & Human Services) Region IX office to provide feedback on key pieces of PPACA and its impact to the California business community.He holds a degree in Communications from Lewis and Clark College.

Aditya J. Ullal, Research Associate, VA Palo Alto Health Care System & President/Founder of Atiiva Inc.

Aditya Ullal currently works in cardiology research at the VA Center for Health Care Evaluation in VAPAHCS. Aditya’s research interests include health outcomes within cardiology and health policy and regulatory change in the US healthcare system. He has co-authored peer-reviewed papers and abstracts, including a recent publication on the potential impacts of healthcare reform on the practice of cardiology. Aditya is also the Founder and President of Atiiva, Inc., a learning center which focuses on leadership development for high school and middle school students. He is currently writing, “Healthcare Policy For Future Doctors,” a book to educate aspiring clinicians on healthcare politics, policy, and reform. Aditya is an alumnus of UC Berkeley, where he obtained highest honors with degrees in Political Science and Molecular & Cell Biology.