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Muskie School to host public colloquium “The Affordable Care Act: What’s Next for Maine?”

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PORTLAND— Major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect in January 2014, with mandated health coverage and new health insurance options for individuals and small businesses, including tax credits to help make coverage affordable. At 4 pm., Monday, August 19, the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine will host “The Affordable Care Act: What’s Next for Maine?” to discuss the impact of these provisions and options for Maine individuals, businesses, and policymakers as the state and nation prepare for ACA implementation.

The event includes an expert panel including Eric Cioppa, superintendent of the Maine Bureau of Insurance; David Clough, Maine state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses; Christie Hager, regional director of the U.S. DHHS, representing Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; and Mitchell Stein, policy director at Consumers for Affordable Health Care. Trish Riley, senior fellow at the Muskie School of Public Service and lecturer in state health policy at George Washington University, will facilitate.

Panelists will provide viewpoints and critical information on issues of ACA-related health policy and health care options and will answer audience questions.

“The Affordable Care Act: What’s Next for Maine” is sponsored by the Bangor Daily News. The colloquium is open to the public and will be held in room 133, Wishcamper Center, on the USM Portland campus. Registration is strongly encouraged. Visit the Muskie School of Public Service on line or call 207-780-4846.  For more information on ACA implementation in Maine, read the new Muskie School policy brief.

Visit USM's Website for directions to the USM Portland campus.