Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013

Little Rock, AR--The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a topic of debate from Capitol Hill to Main Street since it was signed into law on March 23, 2010.

Recently, the 89th Arkansas General Assembly voted and Governor Mike Beebe signed into law a plan to subsidize health insurance for citizens in the state whose incomes fall below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The full implementation of this landmark legislation is expected to provide access to health insurance to an additional 250,000 citizens. Still, many Arkansans, from business owners, families, seniors, young adults and even childless adults, have questions about what these expanded health options will do and how they will gain access to them.

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission announces the continuation of a series of public forums around the state to help answer questions and ensure the voice of the grassroots community is included as the state implements the ACA in Arkansas.

The next event in the 2013 series will be held on Tuesday, June 18th at Greater Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church located at 16th and Caddo Streets in Arkadelphia from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The public forums are cosponsored by the Arkansas Minority Health Consortium and AARP.

Clark County citizens will hear from representatives from the Arkansas Insurance Department, Arkansas Department of Human Services, and UAMS as they provide an overview of the ACA and what the law means for Arkansans. This event is free and open to the public. Free dinner will be served from 5:30pm to 6:00pm.

For more information, contact Legoria Payton at 870-413-1667 or email

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