The Oklahoma County Democratic Party (OCDP) is hosting a health care forum to discuss the Affordable Care Act. The event, “People Over Politics: What You Should Know About the Affordable Care Act”, will be held on Monday, April 2, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the IBEW Local 1141 Union Hall, 1700 SE 15 St., in Oklahoma City.
Special guest speaker for the event will be retired US Air Force Colonel Katherine Scheirman, MD, who is the Oklahoma State Director for the event’s co-sponsor, Doctors for America.
As part of the Doctors for America’s, ‘One Million Campaign,’ Scheirman joins with thousands of physicians and medical students from all 50 states. Their goal is to educate one million Americans about the Affordable Care Act.
Scheirman says that surveys indicate most Americans don’t know basic facts about the ACA, and most think it’s too complicated to understand.
Doctors for America is a national movement of physicians and medical students working together to improve the health of the nation and to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high quality health care. For more information visit www.drsforamerica.org.
The Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March 2010 takes full effect in 2014. Scheirman says it will give Oklahoma residents more control over their health care choices.
Currently, 597,000 Oklahomans, or 19 percent of the non-elderly population, lack health insurance. Under ACA, according to advocates, the number of uninsured is projected to fall by 57 percent to 259,000, or 10 percent of the non-elderly population.
Dr. Scheirman currently serves on the Council of Fellows of the American College of Physician Executives, and is a senior advisor to Vote Vets.
There will be a Q&A session following Dr. Scheirman’s presentation and participants will have an opportunity to submit their own health care story, whether it’s about patients lacking adequate health coverage or about personal experiences that helped create change in their own community.
A reception with refreshments starts at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information call Margaret Leon at 405.536.2422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online visit www.okcountydemocrats.org.