West Hawaii Legislators Encourage Public to Attend Healthcare Forum

Officials to Answer Questions About Major Upcoming Healthcare Changes

Community Enterprises, a community group dedicated to holding informative, educational and interactive forums for Kona area residents, is hosting a community health care forum in Kailua-Kona.

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State officials and West Hawaii legislators will be in attendance to answer questions on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare. Participating House Legislators include Health Committee Chair Della Au Belatti, Representative Denny Coffman (Naalehu, Ocean View, Captain Cook, Kealakekua, Kailua-Kona), Representative Cindy Evans (North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala), and Representative Nicole Lowen (Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau).

In a joint statement the lawmakers said, “Over the next year, we will see many changes to the healthcare system and these changes will affect residents throughout Hawaii. This forum will be an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how its enactment will impact them collectively and individually. We encourage people to take the time to attend the forum.”

Tom Matsuda, Implementation Manager of the Affordable Care Act in Hawaii, and Coral Andrews, Executive Director of the Hawaii Health Connector, Hawaii’s new online health insurance marketplace, will be the main presenters. They will also participate in a panel discussion with Senator Josh Green. Representatives from the West Hawaii Community Health Center, Hope Services Hawaii, and the HIV AIDS Foundation who have been trained as Marketplace Assisters regarding the ACA will also be available to provide personal assistance.

The program will be moderated by Sherry Bracken. Pupus and beverages will be served.

WHO:  Representative Denny Coffman, Representative Cindy Evans, Representative Nicole Lowen, Representative Della Au Belatti, Chair of Health Committee

WHAT: West Hawaii Community Healthcare Forum

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15, 2013,  5:30 – 8:00 P.M.

WHERE:  Makaeo Pavilion (Old Airport Park)

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