The public is invited to attend a community forum on Wednesday, September 25, at UW-La Crosse on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin.

The free “Affordable Care Act & You Information Session” will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 1309 Centennial Hall at UW-L. Parking is also free and available in any campus commuter lot that evening.

Event organizers say the session is geared especially for any Wisconsin resident who is unsure how the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” will affect their health care coverage. The information session is also geared for people without health insurance, who will have new requirements; and everyone on BadgerCare Plus (Wisconsin Medicaid).

Health leaders from various agencies and organizations in the La Crosse area will answer questions about the changes that will soon take effect.

The open enrollment in the new health insurance “marketplace” begins October 1. The Department of Health Services is sending letters out on Friday, September 20 to the people directly affected by the Affordable Care Act.

The public information session on September 25 is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area, American Association of University Women (AAUW), AMOS and UW-L Continuing education and Extension. The panel discussion will be moderated by Carol Koby of Mid_West Family Broadcasting.
Here are the panelists:
-Michael Richards, Executive Director of External Affairs, Gundersen Health System
-Joan Mueller, Executive Director of External Affairs, Mayo Clinic Health System
-Lorie Graff, Economic Support Manager, La Crosse Department of Human Services
-Western Regional enrollment Network
-Lisa Lamkins, Advocacy Director of Federal Issues for AARP Wisconsin
-Sara Finger, Executive Director, Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health