Lisa Murad was one of about a half dozen residents who worked on putting the “Straight Talk About the Affordable Care Act” forum together for Tuesday, and she said that the goal is to inform the community so they can make their own decisions.
“The idea for a non-partisan Afford-able Care Act forum for the north Georgia region culminated as a result of the tremendous lack of information about how to access the marketplace exchanges because of the seriously challenged (healthcare.gov) website, the dearth of support at the state level and conflicting information flowing in the media,” Murad said. “We also happen to be a group of friends, concerned citizens, business owners, employees and students, all potentially impacted by the Affordable Care Act law.”
The forum will be at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, at 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton.
The first session is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the second session will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The forum is free to attend. Experts in the fields of medicine, health care, wellness and business will speak at the forum, and will be available between sessions to answers questions.
“Liz Dintelmann is the UGA Navigator for our north Georgia region that includes Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Pickens and Hall counties. She will talk in depth about Marketplace exchanges for the individual and family, eligibility, tax credits and the variety of enrollment avenues beyond and including Healthcare.gov,” Murad said.
Murad said individuals, families, small business owners, students, employees, self-employed people, early retirees and unemployed people could all benefit from the information and expert panel at the forum.
“In addition to our very prestigious slate of speakers from Morehouse and Emory, we are very pleased to have enlisted the services of John Haslinger, vice president of advisory services for ADP (national payroll and employee benefits corporation),” Murad said. “Mr. Haslinger will provide critical tips for small business owners trying to navigate the complex compliance requirements.”
Haslinger is also featured in the small business benefits webinars of the health care website and has spoken on behalf of small businesses as they relate to the law’s corporate requirements, Murad said.
Murad said each session at the forum will include a 30-minute period for people to ask questions of the speakers.
Pre-registration is available at www.NorthGa-ACA-Forum.info or by calling (770) 345-3489, and refreshments will be provided.
“Hopefully, the result will be an elevated statewide conversation that is fact based and solutions oriented. Like any new major public policy program, changes will need to be worked out, something that requires the input of all affected,” Murad said. “The purpose of the forum is not to sell, but to understand.”