Apr 21 2010
When: Thu. January 1, 1970 12:00 AM

The Center for Strong Communities at Maryville College will convene an educational forum about current health care legislation at the Blount County Library, from 6:30 until 8 p.m., Tues., April 27.

The program is designed to study what the legislation states it will do and the timeline for it to take effect. Presenters will give an overview of the existing legislation and discuss “What’s in it for me?” with regard to those with employer-based insurance, uninsured individuals, Medicare-eligible individuals and those who purchase individual coverage (non-Medicaid).

The program is being presented in response to comments and requests from people who attended the previous health care forum last fall.

“We received very positive feedback from the September program, which was a study of data from our region, principles of health care reform being debated, and the status of legislative bills at that time,” said Dr. Billy Newton, director of the Center for Strong Communities.

“For ‘Part 2,’ we will follow a similar plan with three informational presentations and time for questions. It is not our purpose to try to evaluate the merits of legislation or anticipate how it may still change. Our focus is to help people learn what it is as it stands right now.”

Dr. Carole Myers, who teaches courses in health care policy to graduate students at the University of Tennessee, will give the opening presentation. Myers recently presented at the Leadership Summit in Blount County entitled, “Health Care – Redefined.”

Also presenting are Tony Garr and Beth Uselton, who research health care issues and legislation for the Tennessee Health Care Campaign. Members of the League of Women Voters will facilitate a time for participants to submit questions to the speakers. Assisting with the program are Rev. Steve Musick, Libby Johnson, Micky Roberts and Newton.

For more information, please contact Newton at 865.273.8894 or

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