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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Health Care Reform: How Will It Affect You?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
4/26/2013  10:00:00 AM
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Health Care Reform: How Will It Affect You?

Washington state is planning to test a new system that integrates mental health, medical, substance abuse, and long-term care services for residents who receive Medicare and Medicaid. King County is considering how it will participate in this financial alignment demonstration project.

So what does that mean for you?

Come to a special forum on health care reform on Friday, May 10, 2013, 10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the SeaTac Community Center (13735 24th Ave S, SeaTac) to learn how health care reform under the Affordable Care Act will affect seniors, adults with disabilities, and low-income individuals in King County.

University of Washington School of Public Health lecturer Aaron Katz will discuss how big-picture changes in health care will affect seniors. A former health planner, policy and planning consultant, lobbyist, and political adviser, Katz has researched health care costs, changes in the safety net system (access to care), and U.S. health care markets for many years, and understands its strengths and weaknesses.

King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, who chairs the King County Board of Health as well as the Council's Budget & Fiscal Management Committee, will present how King County is preparing for changes in health care policy. McDermott's district includes West Seattle, North Highline, Vashon/Maury Islands, SoDo, Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill, and portions of the International District, Burien, SeaTac, and Tukwila.

The public is welcome to attend. Resource tables and staff will share information about health insurance and other programs.

Lunch is provided; however, reservations are required. Call the SeaTac Senior Program at 206-973-4690 no later than Wednesday, May 8.

For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/advisory-council/advocacy.htm.

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