Panel to discuss health-care changes

Area experts will share information on ObamaCare’s impacts

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A panel of medical experts will provide information and answer questions about changes in health care stemming from the implementation of ObamaCare at 4 p.m. June 12 at the Denver Marriott South in Lone Tree.

Representatives from Sky Ridge Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and the University of Colorado School of Medicine will talk about how healthcare organizations are dealing with the changes, how the mandates impact businesses and resulting changes to the healthcare marketplace. A brief question-and-answer session will follow.

It’s information that almost everyone can use.

“It really is a very broad-based discussion,” Sky Ridge Medical Center spokeswoman Linda Watson said. “It’s going to affect business owners, and the offerings they provide their employees, and people who are out on the market if they’ve previously been insured by their company. It’s a very complex issue. People need to understand the ramifications of all their choices, personally and from a business perspective.”

The ObamaCare Health Insurance exchange opens Oct. 1, allowing people to buy health insurance from private health care providers. The Lone Tree event aims to answer some of the questions before that date.

Panelists include Sky Ridge Medical Center chief medical officer Dr. David Markenson, Kaiser Permanente vice president of regional strategy Roland Lyon and University of Colorado professor of emergency medicine Dr. Benjamin Honigman. Brenda LaCombe with Colorado Health Benefit Exchange also will sit on the panel; the exchange helps individuals, families and small businesses buy quality, affordable health insurance.

The event is sponsored by the Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce, which formed a HealthCare Commission to provide education and outreach to those within the healthcare industry and the general population. The panel presentation is its first event.

“One of my missions and goals with the chamber is to be more of service to the community, both the business and residential community,” said Chamber Director Linda Harmon. “A big part of that is to service the health-care industry that’s such a driving factor in Lone Tree. Health care really is kind of becoming the mainstay of the town.”

Pre-registration for the event is required, and may be completed at www.lonetreechamber.com.