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Health Reform Implementation Committee Seeks Public Input at Community Meetings on the Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Health Reform Implementation Committee Seeks Public Input at Community Meetings on the Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX)

This meeting, which is open to the community, will be on Wednesday, August 31, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School at 2427 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE.

The Mayor’s Health Reform Implementation Committee (HRIC) cordially invites members of the public to join Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry in a community dialogue on the “future of health care in the District of Columbia.” This meeting, which is open to the community, will be on Wednesday, August 31, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School at 2427 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, in Washington, DC. Parking is available, and Metro is accessible via the Green line to the Anacostia Metrorail Station.

President Barack Obama signed the health care reform bill into law on March 23, 2010, and the HRIC has been working since then—to head up the effort to implement the law in the District. The HRIC is encouraging you to attend its next meeting to discuss what health reform means for you:

  • More options for health insurance
  • Better consumer protections
  • Help for District residents and small businesses to pay for health insurance

The HRIC is inviting you if you’re a small business owner; a single parent or married with children; uninsured or underinsured; insured through your job; have a pre-existing condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer; a civic association or ANC leader; of if you run a health ministry. This meeting is part of a series of forums and other events conducted by the HRIC to garner public input. A lot of information is available online on health reform—what it is and what it will mean for you, your family or business—at www.healthreform.dc.gov. The HRIC needs as much input as possible to make sure that the District’s health insurance marketplace offers high quality insurance at a price you can afford.

For residents who are unable to make the meetings, the HRIC encourages you to take the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DCHRICSurvey. Residents may request paper copies by contacting Health Policy Analyst Brendan Rose at Brendan.Rose@dc.gov or at (202) 442-7811.

For more information on the Ward 8 One City Insured Public Meeting, please contact HRIC staff, Dorinda White at (202) 442-8992 or Dorinda.white@dc.gov, or Councilmember Marion Barry’s staff, Brenda Richardson at (202) 698-1668 or brendarichardson7@yahoo.com.