Forum tackles health care act woes
Published 11:13 am, Sunday, December 1, 2013
State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-26, and state Rep. Gail Lavielle, R-143, and a panel of experts in various areas of the health care industry fielded questions from the public at a recent forum at the Wilton Library.
At issue were concerns about the Affordable Care Act and the Connecticut Healthcare Exchange.
"I am very concerned that the new federal law adversely affects our residents," Boucher, who represents New Canaan, said. "Many people are also losing the doctors they have built a lifelong relationship with. Who can they turn to? Which doctors are in the exchange? These and many other questions were answered during this informative Connecticut Healthcare Exchange Panel."
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The panel members, who were versed in areas of health care, insurance and small business answered questions and shared their perspective. The panelists were Demian Fontanella, general counsel, Office of the Healthcare Advocate; John Lavin, owner, Beacon Physician Placement Services; Michael Hunt, chief medical officer, St. Vincent Health Partners; George Watts, employee benefits adviser, Health Consultants Group; and Peter Van Loon, chief operations officer, Access Health Connecticut.
"There is still a great deal of confusion on this complex issue," Boucher said. "Attendees disclosed that getting on the website and getting return phone calls from health care operators are still an issue. It is clear there is much that still needs to be resolved at the federal level and constituents will continue to have problems. Be assured during this time of uncertainty we will continue to seek answers to these questions and share the information with residents as it becomes available."