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Public Forum: The Affordable Care Act and its Impact on Maine

Event Date and Time: Wednesday, February 29, 4-6 p.m.

Location: USM Portland Campus, Wishcamper Center, Lee Community Hall

On Wednesday, February 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, in association with Consumers for Affordable Health Care and the University of Maine School of Law, will host a public forum on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the USM Portland campus.  The event is free and open to the public.

Passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act made comprehensive health reform a nationwide issue that impacts consumers, providers, and payers of health care in very different ways. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a constitutional challenge to the law focused on key provisions from March 26-28.

The public forum will provide a brief overview of the ACA, an analysis of the constitutional issues to be argued to the Supreme Court, and a discussion of the law and its impact on Mainers. The forum will include a moderated discussion of the ACA from both sides of the debate and a question and answer session with panel experts.

Forum panelists include:

Cabanne Howard; recently retired assistant professor of law and public policy at both the University of Maine School of Law and the Muskie School of Public Service; former assistant attorney general for the state of Maine

Amy Lischko; associate professor of public health and family medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine; former commissioner of the Division of Health Care Finance and director of Health Policy for the state of Massachusetts under Mitt Romney

Dr. John McDonough; professor of the practice of public health and director of the Center for Public Health Leadership at the Harvard School of Public Health; former Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College; served as a senior advisor on National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions from 2008-2010

 Dr. Joseph Reisert; Harriet S. Wiswell and George C. Wiswell Jr. Associate Professor of American Constitutional Law and chair of the Department of Government at Colby College. 

Trish Riley of George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services and the Muskie School of Public Service and Dmitry Bam, associate professor at the University of Maine School of Law, will serve as moderators.

 Cosponsors include the Maine Medical Association, Maine Hospital Association, the Health Law Association of the University of Maine School of Law, the Muskie School Student Organization, and the Health Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association. Though the forum is free and open to the public, attendees are encouraged to register at Directions to the USM Portland campus:

Contact Name: Sara Litwiller

Contact Phone:  207-780-4150

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