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Four health-care reform sessions planned this month

UPDATE: Another, recently scheduled session at City Hall added to this list, bringing total to four. STW

Experts on the Affordable Care Act's provisions will explain the effects of federal health-care reform in four events over the next couple of weeks here that are open to the public.

The educational forums are hosted by separate organizations but all have the goal of providing more details on the sweeping changes included in the Affordable Care Act as its key provisions go into effect next year.

The free events include:

  • An informational seminar hosted by the Evans Agency and featuring speakers from Evans and the Harris Beach law firm. The session runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday in Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo. Registration is recommended. Contact Pam Sikorski at PSikors@evansbank.com or at 780-8068.
  • "ABCs of Health Care," a town-hall meeting sponsored by the Buffalo Common Council and Majority Leader Demone A. Smith, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers, on the 13th floor of City Hall, 65 Niagara Square. Representatives from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Independent Health, Univera Healthcare and Kaleida Health will attend. No registration required. Contact council staff at 851-5105 for further information.
  • "Health Care Reform: What does it mean to you?" is the subject of a session hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 17 in its offices, 665 Main St., Suite 200. Panelists include representatives from BlueCross BlueShield, Independent Health, Univera and the Lumsden & McCormick accounting firm. Registration is requested and can be done through this page or by calling Charlene Janiga at 541-1770.
  • "The Road Ahead: Launching New York's Health Benefit Exchange" will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 in the WNED Studios, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo. Kyle Kotary, director of external affairs, outreach and marketing for New York State of Health, and Elisabeth R. Benjamin, vice president of health initiatives at the Community Service Society of New York, will speak. Registration is required and can be done by visiting the website of the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York.

---Stephen T. Watson

 

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