What will the Affordable Care Act mean to the lives, health, and finances of you and your family? And now that the Supreme Court has found the act constitutional, exactly how will it be implemented?
Jay Angoff, the Region VII director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and an expert panel of health professionals discuss The Affordable Care Act on Monday, October 8, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Also speaking about the new law are Steve Roling, former director of the Missouri Department of Social Services and president and CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and nurse and educator Rebecca McClanahan.
As Missouri insurance commissioner from 1993-1998, Angoff was credited with saving the state millions of dollars by instituting competitive bidding process for insurers wishing to cover state employees. He is now one of a handful of administrators tasked with ensuring that the various states and insurance companies are in compliance with the new law.
Among the requirements of the Affordable Care Act are the creation of state-based health benefits exchanges. The governments of Kansas and Missouri have been slow to establish their exchanges; should they fail to do so federally-operated exchanges will step in to provide health insurance options for citizens of those states.
As a lawyer in private practice, Angoff won judgments of tens of millions of dollars for consumers in class-action lawsuits against insurers
Today, he says, his goal is to minimize possible conflict: "We work with industry where we can, and where the industry is overreaching or not complying with the law, we will make the changes we need to."
Angoff has said he is pleased that many insurers volunteered to keep young adults on their parents' policies up to age 26 -- even before the law requires it.
At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Angoff served as first director of the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight and as a senior advisor to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Roling is the past publisher of the Kansas City Business Journal and served for a decade as senior vice president of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
McClanahan served in the Missouri House from 2007 to 2011. She currently is running for the newly-created Missouri House 3rd district.
Admission is free. The event will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
Co-sponsored by the Missouri Nurses Association, Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Mid-America Regional Council, and Truman Medical Center.