USciences to Host Free Community Discussion on the Affordable Care Act on Dec. 16

Released: 12/9/2013 2:00 PM EST
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Newswise — In an effort to make the Affordable Care Act a shared and understood conversation among individuals in West Philadelphia, University of the Sciences will host a discussion regarding this complex law on Monday, Dec. 16, from 7-8 p.m., at the University’s McNeil Science and Technology Center, located at 45th Street and Woodland Avenue.

During the event, Alicia C. Miller, health information data analyst in the University’s Student Health and Counseling Center; and Andrew Peterson PharmD, PhD, John Wyeth Dean of the University’s Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy, will present data to help individuals make informed choices about health insurance options once the Affordable Care Act takes effect in January.

The topics covered in the presentation will include:
• Identifying the different health plan options now available for U.S. citizens under the Affordable Care Act.
• Understanding the process for applying to the program and the eligibility criteria.
• Detecting resources for understanding the Affordable Care Act, and navigating the system.

“West Philadelphia is home to many uninsured and underserved residents who will benefit from the healthcare law,” said Dr. Peterson. “Our goal is to ensure attendees leave our event feeling more comfortable with the upcoming healthcare changes, as well as more aware of the different options available to them, and more familiar with navigating the website to apply for a healthcare plan.”

This event is free to attend, and advanced registration is not required. The University is easily accessed via public transportation, and visitor parking is also available to attendees. For more information regarding this event, contact Dr. Peterson at or 215.596.8877.

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