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UW Extension hosts Worland discussion with healthcare experts

Brandon Greet

Brandon Greet

An opportunity to discuss healthcare changes with experts in the industry is Thursday, March 28, in Worland.

The Washakie County office of the University of Wyoming Extension is hosting the discussion and dinner at the Worland Community Center Complex, said Brandon Greet, extension educator. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner, and discussion starts at 6 p.m. The cost is $20 to preregister and $25 at the door.

“Open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace begins Oct. 1. Some people have been following the changes closely, but many of us have not,” said Greet. “With open enrollment on the way, it is a great time to learn what ischanging.”

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law March 23, 2010.

“This law affects farmers, ranchers, small business owners and individuals,” said Greet. “How will it affect you and your business? How should you be preparing? Everyone needs answers to these questions.”

There are two parts to the ACA:  Medicaid expansion and the insurance exchange.  “Between these two parts, everybody in the United States will be affected in some way,” Greet noted.

          He said www.healthcare.gov information states the federal government has accomplished improving preventive health coverage, increasing Medicaid payments for primary care doctors and expanding the authority to bundle payments in 2013 alone.

“Listening to the news, this is shocking,” said Greet. “We’re not hearing about these changes like we were a couple years ago. Public focus has shifted to other subjects. However, the ACA is still changing the healthcare industry. The discussion is a chance to learn about the changes. Come ask the experts your questions and enjoy dinner.”

For more information, contact Greet at 307-347-3431, email him at bgreet@uwyo.edu or stop at the extension office at 1200 Culbertson Ave., Suite G.

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