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Health Care Reform: A Report Card

The 19th Annual Public Health Policy Forum will focus on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Health Care Reform: A Report Card

The 19th Annual Public Health Policy Forum, Health Care Reform: A Report Card, will be held on Wednesday, June 25 at 7pm at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline. The forum will focus on the triumphs and challenges in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The panel will be moderated by former Governor Michael Dukakis, and will feature Celia Wcislo, Vice President of United Healthcare Workers East and Commonwealth Connector Authority Board member; Ture Richard Turnbull, MS, Executive Director of Mass Care and Massachusetts LGBT Youth Commissioner; and David R. Williams, Ph.D., Harvard University Professor of Public Health, African American Studies and Sociology, global expert in racial and socioeconomic health disparities, and national health policy leader.

The forum is free and open to the public, and offers Brookline residents an opportunity to hear experts from three different fields critique the execution of the ACA, and learn about what the reform might mean for them.

In recent months, implementation of provisions of the ACA has dominated the news. Most notably were technical issues with healthcare.gov, and troublesome integration with Massachusetts’ Health Connector. However, the ACA has had successes as well. Over seven million formerly uninsured people have obtained health insurance, making the ACA’s goals of expanding access to over 30 million Americans and lowering health care spending conceivable.

The forum will examine the implementation of healthcare reform to date, and answer questions regarding the continuing challenges and opportunities the reform faces.

The Public Health Policy Forum is co-sponsored by the Brookline Department of Public Health, the Brookline Council on Aging, the Brookline Human Relations/Youth Resources Commission, League of Women Voters of Brookline, the Brookline Commission for Women, and the Brookline Department of Veterans Services.

Registration is not required. For further information, contact the Brookline Department of Health, 617-730-2336, or Brookline Adult and Community Education.

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