The Affordable Care Act: A Year Old and A Century in the Making
Petersburg, VA – On Wednesday, March 23, Virginia Organizing will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with an educational forum on how the law will help Virginians. The forum will be held at the Wilder Building on VSU’s campus and will feature Joanne Grossi, Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Jill Hanken of the Virginia Poverty Law Center.
Joanne Grossi will explain what the new health care law will mean for families, Medicare recipients, individuals with ‘pre-existing conditions,’ small business owners, young people and more. Jill Hanken will give an overview of implementing the law in Virginia.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010. Many key health care law provisionshave already gone into effect including provisionsthat make sure insurance companies spend at least 80 percent of premiums on health care, close the Medicare Part D “Donut Hole” and allow young people to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they are 26 years old. Other provisions will not go into effect until 2014.
The forum is part of a nationwide week of action celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Celebratory events will also be taking place in Richmond on Tuesday, March 22 and Danville, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Virginia Beach and Newport News on Friday, March 25.
WHO: Virginia Organizing
Joanne Grossi, Regional Director of Health and Human Services
Jill Hanken, Staff Attorney, Virginia Poverty Law Center
WHAT: Forum, The Affordable Health Care Law: A Year Old and A Century in the Making
WHEN: Wednesday, March 23, 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: L. Douglas Wilder Building
Carter G. Woodson Avenue
Virginia State University
Speaker Bio:In April 2010, Joanne Grossi (MIPP) was appointed by the Obama Administration as the Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Region III, which includes the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. As Regional Director, Ms. Grossi serves as the key representative in this region in working with federal, state, local and tribal officials on a wide range of health and social services issues.