Webinars, Videos and Resources, from the White House to Local Advocates: More on Health Reform

View the video above to learn more about Health Reform and what it means for small businesses. It is part of a series of webchats and videos with federal officials and White House aides; the next one is scheduled for today, Thursday, April 15 at 4:00 PM. Watch it live by clicking Here or learn more about the series on http://www.Healthreform.gov.

UHW Helping You with Health Reform
by Reza Corinne Clifton
Editor, UrbanHealthWatch.net

PROVIDENCE, RI – According to early results compiled from the Urban Health Watch survey, “How Can We Help You with Health Reform,” 32% of respondents could not agree with the statement, “I have followed the discussions and debates about national health reform.” More importantly, only 52% of respondents said they understood “the proposed changes and how they apply to my life” and only 56% said they know where to go if they have questions.

If you are among those who did not follow the discussions, or if you are trying to help others understand the changes, here are some resources and the next installment in Urban Health Watch Helping You with Health Reform.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Webchat with the White House
What’s Your Health Reform Question?
A Live Q&A with Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform &
Health & Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius

Thursday April 15 at 4:00 pm
Watch it live, online: Here or at http://www.hhs.gov/live
Send Questions, email: Healthreform@hhs.gov
Send Questions, twitter: @HHSGov

Today, Thursday April 15 at 4:00 pm (EDT), Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, will join HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for a Q&A about how the new law will increase your health security and what it means for you and your family. For example, 1) Have you been denied coverage because of a preexisting condition? Starting this year, you’ll have affordable health insurance options; 2) Do you have a child under age 26 who is uninsured? Learn how you can get affordable coverage for your kids; 3) Are you in the Medicare Part D doughnut hole? You may be eligible for a $250 rebate check this year.

The April 15 Question and Answer session is the third in an ongoing series of webchats where HHS officials and experts answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act. Click here to see an online/video archive of the first chat – on the impact of the new law on small businesses – and here for the second chat, which deals with how the reform will help seniors. For more resources from HHS, visit http://www.Healthreform.gov

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Health Care INSURANCE Reform and the Black Community
An Online Webinar Presented by The JD Project
“Committed to Assuring a Racially Diverse Legal Profession!”

Thursday, April 22, 2010
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Space is limited; Click here to register

Confused about the new health care insurance reform law ” The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”? Wondering what the law really means for the African American Community. This session will review the law in a simple, straightforward manner focusing on the potential positive and negative impacts on the African American community.

For more information about the JD Project, visit http://thejdproject.org.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

LIFESPAN COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATES MEETING
“How does Rhode Island serve the uninsured? How will Healthcare Reform affect the Underserved & uninsured Communities?”
Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
The Miriam Hospital
Sopkin Auditorium
1st floor, Miriam Hospital

Lunch will be provided; limited seating available
RSVP: (p) 401-431-5410 ext 223; (e) jrawlings1@lifespan.org

Learn more about the topic at a panel discussion with the following invited speakers: 1) Ann Kashmanian-VP of Finance Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital; 2) Dr. Michael Fine-Health Access Rhode Island; 3) Nick Tsoingas M.D, MPH- Healthright; 4) Linda Katz, JD-Poverty Institute; 5) Carrie Bridges MPH-Team Lead, Health Disparities & Access to Care Team, RI Department of Health; 6) Ed Quinlan-President of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island

Lunch will be provided and parking will be available in the FREE visitor’s lot across the street from the main entrance of The Miriam Hospital or the FREE valet service can be used at the main entrance of the hospital. For more information contact Minority Outreach Specialist, Julie Rawlings, at 401-431-5410 ext 223 or by email jrawlings1@lifespan.org.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Law of the Land: Health Care Reform and
Implications for Disparities in Health and Health Care

Part of the Disparities Solutions Center Web Seminar Series

Thursday, April 29, 2010
12:00 – 1 pm EST
Pre-registration is required and space is limited
Click here to register

For the first time since the release of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care” there is federal legislation that will help address this critical issue. Those interested are invited to join the review on key provisions of the recently enacted health care reform bill, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “, that will target racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care. Presenters include Daniel E. Dawes, JD, of Premier Healthcare Alliance Advocacy Office, Carlos Jackson of American Hospital Association, and Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH – Director of the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The webinar will also include a discussion among the presenters, and a question and answer session with the audience. For additional information, click here or visit the Disparities Solutions Center website at www2.massgeneral.org/disparitiessolutions.

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