A message from Elders United

Much has been written about the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called Obamacare), but how much of it is true? To build understanding of the ACA and its implications for North Carolina, Elders United for a Just Society will be sponsoring a nonpartisan forum on June 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. Dr. Craigan Gray, director of the state’s Medicaid program, and Dr. Ronald Paulus, head of Mission Health, will speak and answer questions at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville.

Dr. Gray will describe the ways in which key ACA provisions will be implemented in North Carolina. He also will address the policy implications of potential U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the constitutionality of the law’s requirement that all citizens procure health insurance coverage and the expansion of Medicaid to non-Medicare eligible individuals under age 65 with low incomes. Dr. Paulus will discuss how the ACA has accelerated the pace of health care delivery system change as providers create new structures to operate more efficiently and provide higher-quality care.

We encourage Ashevilleans of all ages to join us for this important discussion of the ACA’s current and future provisions.

— Gordon and Martha McKinney

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