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Getting answers about Obamacare

There has been a lot of misinformation about the Affordable Care Act, and lately it’s been one bad headline after another.

Tracey Gonsalves, Vernon, Connecticut

Tracey Gonsalves, Vernon, Connecticut

But to someone like Tracey Gonsalves, 44 year-old resident of Vernon, “Obamacare” offers many opportunities and a lot of unanswered questions.

Tracey is a hard-working, single mother, who is recently unemployed. She has been looking for work for a while and is working towards being healthy for her children and grandchildren. Her journey towards health has inspired her to want to help others, and she wants to open a business that focuses on wellness for women.

But she has one question: Would she be able to afford medical insurance as a small business owner?

Tracey is going to tonight’s Town Hall Meeting to find some answers.

The third annual town hall hosted by the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute (CDRMHI), and St. Francis Hospital’s newly formed Center for Health Equity (CHE) will focus on providing answers about the new healthcare law for Connecticut residents.

The event titled: “What does Obamacare mean for real people?” will take place on Wednesday, October 30th 7:00pm at the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts located on 166 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.

Al Terzi (@alterzi), WTIC-TV news anchor and Gerri Willis (@GerriWillisFBN), news journalist and host of The Willis Report, a daytime program on the Fox Business Network, will serve as the moderator for the town hall questions. The discussion will focus on answering the following questions:

  • What is Obamacare?
  • Who Pays for Obamacare?
  • How will Obamacare work?

OBamcaretownhallPanelists include Mr. Kevin Counihan, CEO of Connecticut’s Marketplace, Access Health CT (@accesshealthct), Dr. Windy Dean-Colomb, medical oncologist and assistant professor in interdisciplinary clinical oncology at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute, Dr. Dora Hughes, senior policy advisor in Sidley’s Government Strategies and former appointee of President Barack Obama, and Ms. Francis Padilla, president of the Universal Health Care Foundation of CT (@care4every1).

Special remarks will be made by Governor Dannel P. Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman (@NancyWymanCT).

Health Justice CT is proud to be a community partner for this event, and will be live tweeting from the town hall. Please use hashtag #obamacaretownhall to join the conversation or submit questions.

About the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute:

The Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute provides education and testing for prostate cancer and free surgery and treatment to men who don’t have insurance or cannot afford the care.

About The St. Francis Center for Health Equity (CHE):

CHE is dedicated to bringing communities to optimal health through education, research, and engagement.  Utilizing a collaborative approach to eliminate health disparities, they work with grassroots neighborhood organizations, caregivers, health professionals, researchers, foundations, state agencies, and many others. The Center is committed to delivering innovative health equity programs with and for those communities served by Saint Francis CARE.

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