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Get health reform answers Tuesday

NATCHEZ — Members of the public with lingering questions about how health care reform laws will affect them will have the opportunity to get answers Tuesday.

The Natchez-Adams County and Concordia chambers of commerce and the Miss-Lou Regional Healthcare Committee will have an informational luncheon about the Patient Protectioan and Affordable Care Act from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center.

The chair of the Miss-Lou Regional Health Care Committee, Sarah Smith, said the idea for the luncheon came after a recent Chamber Friday Forum in which the speakers addressed how the health care reform law would affect insurance and taxes.

“The Friday Forum was a full house, and there were so many questions people had, it made me think, ‘What can we do to get some people here who have even greater knowledge?’” Smith said.

Because key portions of the health care law have been upheld by the court system, people need to be informed about the changes it will affect, she said.

“No matter who gets elected (president) in November, change is coming,” Smith said.

The goal of the luncheon is to address what the reform means specifically for the states, business owners and individuals, Smith said.

Speakers scheduled to address the luncheon include:

-Steve Dickson, the president and chief executive officer of Strategem, Inc., the for-profit subsidiary of the Mississippi Hospital Association.

-Ed Sivak, the founding director of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, who will speak about the economic impact of the health care expansion.

-Candice Whitefield, the executive director of the Mississippi Health Information Network and a former policy advisor for former Gov. Haley Barbour on the issues of health care, welfare and social issues.

The luncheon is $10 including food for registered attendees and $15 for unregistered attendees with food available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, e-mail director@concordiachamberofcommerce.com by Monday.

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