Meng To Hold Forum On Health Care Law And New Health Insurance Exchange
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens), in conjunction with health professionals and local elected officials, will host a forum on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the new health insurance exchange so that Queens residents can learn about the changes to the nation’s healthcare system and how they can obtain coverage.
The event will take place on November 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the fifth floor auditorium of Flushing Hospital Medical Center located at 146-01 45th Avenue in Flushing, Queens. The forum is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required. To reserve a seat, borough residents can send an email to MengRSVP@mail.house.gov or call either the Meng’s offices at 718-445 7860 (Flushing office) or 718-445-7861 (Forest Hills office). The seminar is also open to the press. All should enter the hospital at 45th Avenue and Burling Street.
The forum will consist of healthcare professionals making presentations about the health insurance law and the enrollment process. Trained “navigators” will also be on hand to provide assistance in several languages including English, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. In addition, Health First, a non-profit organization, will be in attendance to help Queens residents sign up for coverage through the new state exchange.
Free blood pressure screenings, along with coffee, tea and snacks will be provided as well.
“As the insurance exchange continues to be rolled out in Queens and across the nation, it is critical that those who reside in the borough are aware of the many benefits of the ACA, and that they know how to purchase coverage through the new marketplace,” said Meng. “I encourage all local residents to attend this important informational seminar, and I look forward to helping them sign up and learn more about the new healthcare law.”
Local elected officials scheduled to take part in the event include New York State Senators Toby Stavisky and Tony Avella, New York Assemblymembers Ron Kim and Nily Rozic and New York City Councilman Peter Koo.
Presenters and participants will consist of the New York State Department of Health, YWCA of Queens, Flushing Hospital personnel, Asian Americans for Equality, Chinese American Planning Council, Korean Community Services, Hispanic Federation, South Asian Council for Social Services and the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.
In addition to scheduling the forum, Meng is distributing informational flyers throughout Queens that explain the benefits of the ACA and how borough residents can acquire coverage. The handouts are available at local libraries, senior centers, community boards, offices of elected officials and other locations. Members of Congress across the country are also using them as a model for their own districts.
The health insurance exchange – the centerpiece of the ACA – was launched on October 1. It is a new competitive marketplace in which individuals, families and small businesses – both uninsured and insured – can shop for and enroll in affordable, quality healthcare plans.