WVU-P to hold health care town hall meeting

PARKERSBURG – A town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act and what it means to women and their families will be held at 7 p.m. today at West Virginia University-Parkersburg in the theater room.

The meeting highlights the important ACA benefits such as pap smears and mammography screenings, which are now being provided without deductibles or co-payments, according to a news release.

“Women are frequently the ‘health care decider’ for their children and even their husbands,” said Lisa Diehl, West Virginians for Affordable Health Care’s North Central coordinator.

“Educating women on the new benefits of the ACA such as preventive measures, an end to charging women a higher premium than men for the same policy, and ending pre-existing conditions discrimination, is essential given their role in making health care decisions,” said Diehl.

Panelists for the town hall meeting include Kate Long, who recently won the National Association of Health Care Journalists’ top award for public health reporting, and Michelle Reck, a single mom and accounting student at WVU-P. Richard Wittberg, director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, will act as moderator.

A pre-session is scheduled from 6-6:45 p.m. in the Community Room. Local groups and resource people will be available to provide information, and answer questions about how they can help people navigate the new health care system. SNAP educators, and WVU Culinary students will be providing hot soups and healthy recipes for the event. Planning committee member Dana Sanger stated, “Good health starts with a healthy diet and we hope people will join us early to learn about what resources are available”.