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November 1: Public Health Symposium

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Keynote speaker Karen Davis

Communicating Health Care Reform: Why Don’t People Get It?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, is the most significant health reform legislation since Medicare and Medicaid, both passed in the 1960s. Many provisions in the law are now being implemented, but despite months of debate, there remains widespread confusion and misperception regarding this wide-ranging and complex law. Provisions in ACA include health insurance regulatory reform, coverage expansion, quality initiatives, incentives for primary care and prevention, and payment innovations.

Communicating Health Care Reform: Why Don’t People Get It? will feature a keynote address by Karen Davis, President of The Commonwealth Fund, highlighting features of the legislation and how they relate to a high-performance health-care system. Davis will join other policy experts for a panel discussion—moderated by Howard Schneider, Dean of Stony Brook’s School of Journalism—that will address the impact of the legislation on key stakeholders and how provisions in the law affect the public, the health-care system, and health-care providers. The panel will also explore how public uncertainty and confusion surrounding the law evolved over the course of national debate and entertain questions from the audience.

Panelists include Jeanne Alicandro, SBU’s Graduate Program in Public Health; Kevin Dahill, President and CEO, Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council; Karen Davis, President, The Commonwealth Fund; Norman Edelman, Professor of Preventive Medicine, SBU’s Graduate Program in Public Health; Ruth Finkelstein, Vice President for Health Policy, New York Academy of Medicine; and Charles Rothberg, Suffolk County Medical Society.

The Symposium will be held on Monday, November 1, at 10:15 am in the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre.

The Symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Public Health, School of Medicine, School of Journalism, Master of Arts in Public Policy Program, and Department of Preventive Medicine.

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