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Training: Workshops & Seminars

Briefing: Affordable Care Act

01/21/15     San Francisco, CA

Please join the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the nonpartisan Alliance for Health Reform for a special event on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

With the ACA’s second enrollment period underway, health plans are increasingly offering consumers networks that exclude certain doctors, hospitals and other medical providers. Several court cases against insurers are now pending in California. Some claim that these networks hamper provider access and choice; others contend that this approach, if done the right way, helps consumers by creating competition and controlling costs, without compromising quality of care.

Anne Price of Covered California, Emily Bazar with the California HealthCare Foundation's Center for Health Reporting, Larry Levitt of Kaiser Family Foundation, and Betsy Imholz of Consumers Union will address this controversial trend and its impact on consumers, insurers and providers, and also proposed government intervention. Marilyn Serafini of the Alliance will moderate this briefing.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 21

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. (refreshments available at 6:30, program begins at 7 p.m.)

Cost: This event is FREE

Location: San Francisco Chronicle (901 Mission St., San Francisco)

RSVP to Colleen Paretty at BayAreaAHCJ@gmail.com

***Bring photo ID and check in at reception desk. (The Chronicle is near BART, and parking garages are nearby) 

With thanks to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for its support of this event.