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W A T C H    I T   N O W    
Duration of Video:  1 hour 22 minutes 0 seconds, it is available in two formats:
  
1)Windows Media Player format (playable on all Windows computers, and on Apple computers having appropriate software):
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWV-ACAmtg11-23-13.wmv
(184 megaBytes; best viewed with Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player and begin playback without waiting for the entire file to download)
 
2)MP4 format (should be playable on any modern computer, but the entire file may have to download before playback begins):  Please be patient (no pun intended).
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWV-ACAmtg11-23-13.mp4
(363 megaBytes)

Weston FORUM report:  http://www.thewestonforum.com/14810/medicare-and-obamacare-expert-talks-with-westonites-about-changes-misconceptions-and-differences/

AND THE VERY EDUCATIONAL MEETING BEGAN...
Helen DeKeijzer opened the tutorial by introducing Christina Crane, M.S.W.;  all printed backup and slides here.

How is A.C.A. going in CT in May of 2014?
W A T C H    I T   N O W    
Duration of Video:  1 hour 22 minutes 0 seconds, it is available in two formats:
  
1)Windows Media Player format (playable on all Windows computers, and on Apple computers having appropriate software):
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWV-ACAmtg11-23-13.wmv
(184 megaBytes; best viewed with Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player and begin playback without waiting for the entire file to download)
 
2)MP4 format (should be playable on any modern computer, but the entire file may have to download before playback begins):
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWV-ACAmtg11-23-13.mp4
(363 megaBytes)


The best speaker I've ever heard...on any subject!

Christina Crain, M.S.W., Director of Programs at the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging & Independent Living, located in Bridgeport,
gave the tutorial with interspersed questions and answers.

Almost everyone had a question or two or three...

Prepared quickly after election season 2013, this excellent tutorial provided lots of opportunity to ask someone who is professionally involved in the whole health care roll out in CT, but also totally conversant with how the CT Exchange relates to the federal programs around this subject - some of which have been around and others that are changed or just evolving!

Healthcare enabler was present, too.

A special State of Connecticut funded outreach specialist on short-term grant from UCC (r) provided information packets for all.  Her job is to get people signed up for the Exchange, we think.



So who actually has any reason to go the the healthcare exchange with the expectation that they will receive some financial relief as well as the information available?


W A T C H    I T   N O W    

Duration of Video:  1 hour 22 minutes 0 seconds, it is available in two formats:
  
1)Windows Media Player format (playable on all Windows computers, and on Apple computers having appropriate software):
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWV-ACAmtg11-23-13.wmv
(184 megaBytes; best viewed with Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player and begin playback without waiting for the entire file to download)
 
2)MP4 format (should be playable on any modern computer, but the entire file may have to download before playback begins):
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWV-ACAmtg11-23-13.mp4
(363 megaBytes)



Follow-up on League tutorial...
Sector in red CT EXCHANGE enrollment without some form of subsidy or Medicaid (source).



WESTON LIBRARY COMMUNITY ROOM - TUES., DEC. 10, 2013, 4PM TO 7PM
Certified Access Health CT Assisters will help Weston residents enroll in Connecticut's official health insurance
marketplace Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 4-7 PM in Weston Library Community Room.  Assisters will answer
your questions, provide guidance about your health care coverage options and available tax credit subsidies, and
help you enroll your family in Connecticut's official health insurance marketplace.


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PREPARATION FOR HEALTH CARE FORUM ON DEMAND...

IMMEDIATE BACKGROUND INFO AS OF THURSDAY NOV. 21: 
HEALTH CARE REFORM AND YOU:  http://himes.house.gov/health-care-reform-and-you
After White House meeting: "If you like your plan you can keep your plan" CTNEWSJUNKIE article.
CTNEWSJUNKIE OP-ED:"Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT, is getting a lot of good press because the
website works. But how are we really doing?"  Read more here.



Research
In preparation for the FORUM ON DEMAND Saturday, Nov. 23rd, Weston LWV attended a meeting
organized by Senator Boucher in the Willton Library that introduced some of the players in the health care
reform - insurance brokers, CT Health Care Exchange, doctors but no lawyers...program and bios.

Background
The League of Women Voters at all levels has been concerned about health care for many years. 
A quick review of what the LWV has done to inform voters about health care in the U.S.A. and issues it has studied.  FYI - if League has not studied a subject, it does not take action in that area.

In Connecticut...

LWVCT Fall Conference 2009
Having that position in place, when in 2009 there was a panel discussion of what "national" health care might look like in the U.S.A., LWVCT Fall Conference sought to understand what CT was aiming to do.  Then Comptroller Nancy Wyman (above) described SustiNet.

Ms. Carolyn Salsgiver, Senior Vice President for Planning & Marketing, Bridgeport Hospital (above), gave a most thoughtful and informative talk (and a creative thought-sharing process during Q&A).  She mentions that this first version of what has become known now as "Obamacare" will fail and then there will be another version needed...

FALL CONFERENCE 2010 LOCATION - South Congregational Church not a sponsor.
LWVCT FALL CONFERENCE 2010
One Year Later:  Health Care in Our Country and Our State
The presenters were Jacob S. Hacker, the Stanley B. Resor  Professor of Political Science at Yale University and Kevin Lembo, Comptroller-Elect, who had held the position of state Health Care Advocate and was co-chair of the SustiNet Health Partnership Board of Directors.


AT FALL CONFERENCE 2009
Ms. Carolyn Salsgiver, Senior Vice President for Planning & Marketing, Bridgeport Hospital (above), gave a most thoughtful and informative talk (and a creative thought-sharing process during Q&A).  She mentions that this first version of what has become known now as "Obamacare" will fail and then there will be another version needed...



Story in full:  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/12/18/health/cost-of-health-care-poll.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news






OP-ED | High-stakes Health Care Battle In The Green Mountain State
CTNEWSJUNKIE
by Wendell Potter | Dec 16, 2014 5:30am

Upcoming Financing Plan Will Reignite Debate Over Single-payer System In Vermont

Two weeks from now, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will describe how he thinks the country’s first state-based single payer system will be financed. Whether the Green Mountain State keeps moving forward with its goal of achieving universal coverage while also reducing the growth of health care spending depends largely on how the state’s residents and businesses react to what Shumlin has in mind.

Vermont lawmakers passed a bill in May 2011 that set the state on the path toward single payer, but the bill left it up to Shumlin to figure out the financing. Although everyone has known from the beginning that the cash needed to operate the new system—estimated at $2 billion in its first year — will have to come from tax revenues, no one knows exactly what combination of taxes the administration favors...story in full: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/op-ed_high-stakes_health_care_battle_in_the_green_mountain_state/