Public Forum to Provide Insight Into How The Affordable Care Act Will Impact You

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The countdown for implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is on and yet most people are not sure what it will mean for their own health coverage and how businesses will be impacted once it is in full effect January 1, 2014. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region IX Director, Herb K. Schultz, will speak and answer your questions at the special forum at Long Beach Memorial April 15, 2013.

Jones and Schultz will discuss your rights and protections, how health exchanges will work, accountable care organizations, what will be mandated, and the role of the California Department of Insurance will play in implementing the ACA reforms.

“There has been a lot of confusion and misconception about the Affordable Care Act and I wanted to offer the public an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about how this important change in health care will impact business owners and their employees,” This is a great opportunity to listen to experts and share your concerns,” explained Schipske, who teaches Healthcare Law at CSULB.

The forum is being presented in partnership with Long Beach Memorial, Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Councilwoman Schipske, and CSULB Department of Health Care Administration.

The free public forum will be held at the Long Beach Memorial, Houssels Forum, 2801 Atlantic Ave at 5pm on Monday, April 15 and is open to the public. For more information contact the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562-570-6932 or email: .


Long Beach Memorial is the West’s second largest academic-commmunity hospital and is part of the MemorialCare system.

Councilwoman Schipske is the current Vice President of the Medical Board of California, and is a Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP), attorney, and lecturer in the CSULB Department of Health Care Administration.

CSULB Department of Health Care Administration is one of nine U.S. universities with both fully accredited graduate and undergraduate health administration programs, and is among the nation’s top business graduate schools for physician executives ranked by Modern Healthcare magazine (2012).

Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has over 1,000 member businesses representing approximately 50,000 employees, and is one of the largest and most active business associations in the region. The Chamber offers valuable benefits and programs designed to help small, medium, and large businesses, entrepreneurs, and employees succeed.

Dave Jones was elected in 2010, and leads the California Department of Insurance (CDI), the largest consumer protection agency in the state, which regulates the $125 billion insurance industry. Since taking office, Jones has secured crucial victories for consumers, including saving individual health insurance policyholders more than $145 million in premiums, Issuing emergency regulations to require that at least 80% of health insurance premium dollars go to actual health care, and not to insurer profits, marketing and overhead; guides implementation of federal healthcare reform, including requiring health insurers to cover children with pre-existing conditions; reduced medical malpractice rates, saving medical providers $23 million; required insurance companies to cover an essential treatment for autism. Protects California’s seniors with new laws on the sale of annuities; obtained insurance company investments in low and moderate income communities; investigated fraud, leading to nearly 1000 arrests to date; Filed two major anti-fraud lawsuits to combat healthcare provider fraud, which have cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars; and investigated life insurance companies to end decades-long companies’ practice of improperly holding onto life insurance benefits.

Herb K. Schultz, currently serves as presidentially appointed Regional Director, Region IX for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

HHS represents almost a quarter of all federal outlays, and it administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined. HHS’ Medicare program is the nation’s largest health insurer, handling more than 1 billion claims per year. Medicare and Medicaid together provide health care insurance for one in four Americans.

HHS works closely with state and local governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies, or through private sector grantees. The Department’s programs are administered by 11 operating divisions, including eight agencies in the U.S. Public Health Service and three human services agencies. The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data.

Departmental leadership is provided by the Office of the Secretary. Also included in the Department is the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Office of Public Health and Science, the Office of the HHS Inspector General and the HHS Office for Civil Rights. In addition, the Program Support Center, a self-supporting division of the Department, provides administrative services for HHS and other federal agencies.

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