Letter to the Editor: Obamacare comes to Alameda

Letter to the Editor: Obamacare comes to Alameda

Letters to the Editor

From the League of Women Voters of Alameda

When “Obamacare” or the Affordable Care Act was passed, there were shouts of joy and predictions of gloom. What does Obamacare mean for Alameda residents, the hospital, and the local businesses in the community? Find out on Thursday, February 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mastick Senior Center Social Hall, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda.

The League of Women Voters of Alameda in conjunction with the Alameda Chamber of Commerce and Alameda Hospital present "Obamacare Comes to Alameda," a free panel discussion and question and answer session. The League has assembled an impressive panel of health care experts that will discuss the various provisions of this law and its impact on our community.

Alameda has its own healthcare district, which operates Alameda Hospital and other facilities. Will hospital charges go up because of the law? Will the hospital benefit from the law? Debi Stebbins, the CEO of the hospital, will answer these questions and more at this event.

What about local businesses? There are a lot of wonderful businesses in our community, and many of them are small. Will they all have to start providing insurance? Will it cost more to have dinner out on Webster or Park Street? Come and meet Dave Brown, area president for Gallagher Benefit Services, a longtime Alameda resident and parent who is an expert on health insurance for business. He will sort out what is important, and how it can help Alameda.

Medicare and Medi-Cal are a critical part of this debate, and Alameda has many residents who depend on this benefit. Do they have to worry about their Medicare going broke? Are Medicare premiums going to rise because of the law? David Sayen, the regional administrator from the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will talk about that and more. Dave has been an Alameda resident for over 12 years and understands how these programs work.

The LWVA, the Chamber of Commerce, and Alameda Hospital invite residents, especially senior residents and business owners to attend "Obamacare Comes to Alameda" at the Mastick Senior Center Social Hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 28. For more information, contact Tracy Jensen at tjalameda@gmail.com.