Public forum on health insurance reforms slated for Aug. 15

Posted Aug. 08, 2011, at 4:15 p.m.

Are you worried or confused about upcoming changes in state and federal health insurance regulation? You are not alone. Mandated coverage, new benefits, subsidies, insurance exchanges, access to care in rural areas, rate reviews, shared responsibility — the issues are intertwined, the terminology is daunting and many of the details are still evolving.

Bangor area residents are invited to bring their questions to a community forum from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, August 15 at the Bangor Public Library. Organized and hosted by the Bangor Daily News with support from the nonpartisan, nonprofit Maine Health Access Foundation, the event is free.

The forum will feature experts Joel Allumbaugh, director for Health Reform Initiatives for the Maine Heritage Policy Center; Mitchell Stein, policy director at Consumers for Affordable Health Care; and Dr. Sheila Pinette, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The three panelists will provide factual information on health insurance changes and discuss the role of the state in promoting good health among all Maine residents. An audience question-and-answer and discussion period will follow.

Reservations are not required, but seating is limited. For more information, please contact BDN Health Editor Meg Haskell at or 990-8291.