Pace Universitys College of Health Professions, Pleasantville, N.Y., hosted The Affordable Care Act: A Town Hall Meeting Oct. 27 at the Pleasantville High School library.
Speakers included students from Paces Lienhard School of Nursing: Coleen Francis-Jimenez, FNP, RN; Fatema Sadeque-Iqbal, FNP, RN; and Precillia Fairman, FNP-BC, RN, who provided an overview of the ACA, including its history, goals, benefits and available community resources, according to a news release.
The event featured information on how to access and register for health insurance through the state exchange and how to find computer services and a local navigator to help with registration.
The event was co-hosted by Paces Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and Office of Government and Community Relations, along with the Westchester County Department of Health. It served as an informational session for members of the university and surrounding Westchester County communities in preparation for the state exchange open enrollment period, which began Nov. 15.
The Westchester County Department of Healths Leoni Parker, MPA, spoke about how the marketplace works and choices in signing up for health insurance under the ACA. Her department of health colleague, Hipolita Cabreira, handed out information and answered questions from attendees.
Andrea Sonenberg, PhD, WHNP, CNM-BC, and Hillary Knepper, PhD, organized the event in conjunction with the Pace College of Health Professions Center to Advance Leadership, Partnerships and Scholarship.
All the attendees showed a high level of interest and had insightful questions, Sonenberg said in the release.
Leoni Parker gave an informative presentation, clarifying many of the attendees misconceptions. The event was a success, which we hope to bring to other venues around the county.