CityClub forum to answer health care questions

The Seattle CityClub will be hosting their fourth and final forum in the 2012 Health Care Series – Access to Care, at the Westin Seattle, Fifth Avenue Room, 1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle on Monday, Dec. 3. Registration opens at 11:30 a.m., luncheon and program from Noon to 1:30 p.m. Register at

Questions that will be addressed include: how does the Affordable Care Act change the issues of access for Washingtonians? Who is going to treat the 1 million new patients covered in Washington? What reforms are needed to make Medicare and Medicaid sustainable for future generations? Why do we have a shortage of general practitioners and nurses? How can insured populations access their full benefits? And what are the disparities in access to care among minority and immigrant populations?

Speakers in attendance include Teresita Batayola, CEO of International Community Health Services; Jane Beyer, Interim Assistant Secretary, Aging and Disability Services Administration, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services; Richard Onizuka, CEO of the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange; and Mark Secord, CEO of Neighborhood Health.

The event will be moderated by Joanne Silberner of the University of Washington.

Entry ranges from $12–$45. (end)

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