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Learn about affordable care act

September 8, 2013 · Updated 4:34 PM

The Eagle Forum of San Juan County will host a “Affordable Care Act town hall meeting with Daniel Himebaugh from the Pacific Legal Foundation and Roger Stark from the Washington Policy Center. It will be held on Friday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the  Eastsound Fire Station.

Himebaugh works as a staff attorney in PLF’s Pacific Northwest Center, where he focuses on land use and environmental litigation. He has recently represented clients in cases involving administrative agency and local government procedure, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and various land use matters. Himebaugh also contributed to PLF’s efforts in challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Himebaugh’s legal scholarship has appeared in The Urban Lawyer; Environmental Law; and the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

Stark is a retired cardiac surgeon and is a health care policy analyst at the Washington Policy Center, one  of the largest state-based think tanks in the country. He is the author of numerous health care studies including The Impact of Federal Health Care Reform on Washington State and the book “The Patient Centered Solution”. He has had multiple media appearances on both radio and news television.

The Crossroads Lecture series is presenting “Obamacare:  Fact, Fiction, Fury?” on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. at Orcas Center. For more about that lecture, see page 13.

About Affordable Care Act

There will be plenty of time to explore the options during open enrollment for insurance coverage through the Washington State Exchange. The first open enrollment lasts six months, beginning Oct. 1, 2013 and running until March 31, 2014. Approved coverage begins Jan. 1, 2014.

In order to help the community navigate the website and complete the application, representatives from Orcas Family Connections, Orcas Island Community Foundation, Orcas Library, Orcas Island  School District, Orcas Fire and Rescue, Orcas Medical Center, and Orcas Family Health Center are working on a collaborative effort to create access points where Certified Application Counselors, volunteers, and computers will be available.

More information will be published and circulated when the plan is complete.

In the mean time, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange website (www.wahbexchange.org) is available with a wealth of information.


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