“The first panel went really well, but we need to do it again,” Dougherty said. “And are going to have a panel for seniors and another one for business owners and others people.”
The senior session scheduled for Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Town Hall, will focus on health care reform with an emphasis on medicare. Specifically, the impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act on Medicare enrollees will be discussed along with Medicare open enrollment and the non-renewal of certain Medicare Advantage plans.
The featured speaker for the event is Betsy Chandler, President of MIC Insurance Services.
“Its important because it is law and people need to understand what is coming. Obama Care is here and its going to stay here,” Dougherty said. “It is going to effect everybody in some way shape or form. In some way people will be touched by Obamama care.”
Dougherty said part of the problem is the negative spin out there that has “put a lot of fear into people.” Dougherty is hoping education helps to allay some of the fears.
“I don’t understand, and I want it understand it before I can say I am afraid of it,” Dougherty said.
Dougherty said that the obvious technical issues with the website also needed to be addressed so there are no excuses.
“They need to get that fixed,” Dougherty said. “Access through the website should be the least of the problems.”
And for those who aren’t seniors, another program is in the works.
“We are going to have another full panel on the act,” Dougherty said.