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Free Forum in Yakima to Explain New Health Care Law

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- People with questions about the new health care law can get answers from experts in Yakima Tuesday, July 13 at a free public forum moderated by Barb Flye, Washington's deputy insurance commissioner. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., in the First Street Conference Room at Lincoln Ave. and North 1st Street. "This is a non-partisan, non-political forum designed to get information to the public about the changes the new law puts in place," explained Lynne Nguyen, an organizer for Washington CAN. "Lots of questions are expected because the new law will affect everyone in some way." The panel includes: Dr. Michael Maples of Central Washington Community Health; Anita Monoian, executive director of Yakima Neighborhood Health; and Don Hinman, Yakima small businessman. "We are targeting a general audience of citizens who have fears and confusion about the new law," Nguyen emphasized. "This is particularly the case with seniors and folks on Medicare. We want them to come with their questions for the panelists." Commonly asked at the three other forums around the state was: "How will the new law affect my health care and when will the provisions affecting me be implemented?" Snacks will be served at the end of the forum.