Webinar: What Do Consumers Need to Know About Health Reform's Changes?
As part of its Media Fellowships Program, the Kaiser Family Foundation is organizing a series of interactive webinars exclusively for journalists to address key aspects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the implications for consumers, and strategies for connecting the dots for different audiences.
The first webinar will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 28, and will be an overview of how health reform's impact will vary for people in different circumstances, including those currently with employer coverage, those who buy their own insurance and those who are currently uninsured. Foundation State Health Policy Director Jennifer Tolbert and Senior Fellow Karen Pollitz will explain the law's individual mandate requiring most Americans to obtain coverage, as well as the law's new coverage options, including new state insurance marketplaces, subsidies for people with low- and moderate incomes, and new rules prohibiting insurers from discriminating based on pre-existing conditions. They will answer journalists' questions about the law as part of the webinar.
Shortly after registering, each participant will receive a confirmation email that contains information about how to join the webinar.
If you are unable to attend the first webinar, but would like to receive all future updates on the series, please email your name and media affiliation to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use this email to provide feedback and ideas for the series. Throughout the Foundation's ACA webinar series, participants are welcome to continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #ACA101KFF.
The "Covering Health Reform" series will continue on Sept. 10, with a webinar focused on the premiums and tax subsidies available for insurance purchased through the new state insurance marketplaces and how that will affect the cost of coverage. Another scheduled webinar will focus on the cost and implications of states' decisions on whether or not to expand their Medicaid programs under the law on Oct. 8. The series will also select emerging issues as topics for webinars based on feedback from participants and other interested media members.