So, just when you thought you’d heard all there is to hear about the Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare — Amarillo College is planning to tell you even more.
And get this: What the college is planning is a fact-based presentation that officials hope will be free of the hyperbole that both sides of the health care overhaul effort have been putting out there.
What a concept, right?
The AC event will take place over two days at the college’s West Campus, 6222 S.W. Ninth Avenue. It starts Wednesday, Sept. 25 and continues through the next day. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. and adjourns at 4:30 p.m. both days.
This is a big deal for the Texas Panhandle. It will cover the details of the Affordable Care Act, which is set to be implemented fully next year. It also will cover Medicare Part D; related to Medicare, the program will go over Medicare fraud.
The conference will deal with some critical questions:
* What is the Affordable Care Act?
* How does the act affect Texas?
* What should we know about the “exchanges” set to occur?
Lynda Hermes of the Texas Department of Insurance will be on hand, as will Barbara McGinity of the Better Business Bureau Educational Center.
This is worth attending for at least one critical reason: It speaks to the facts surrounding the act and bypasses the emotional rhetoric we’ve heard for years from both sides — pro and con — of this issue.
Those who are interested in learning more about this event should contact Amarillo College at 467-3105. For information, call Lisa Hancock, public education and volunteer specialist, at 331-2227.
And guess what. The conference is free.
This is a big deal. Come and listen to what the Affordable Care Act means to all of us.