UTSA Hosts Affordable Care Town Hall Meeting and Fair Dec. 7 


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(Dec. 4, 2013) -- The Policy Studies Center in the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Public Policy will host an Affordable Care Town Hall Meeting and Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Aula Canaria in the Buena Vista Building at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The town hall and health fair will bring together practitioners, policymakers and academics to educate the public about affordable health care and the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA).

The town hall panel will feature Shirley Gonzales, councilwoman for City District 5, Greg Gieseman, president and CEO of Community First Health Plans, Rogelio Saenz, dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy, Quiara Sherrard, chief revenue officer of CommuniCare Health Centers and Krysten Chapa, Texas Field Organizer for Enroll America. Saenz will act as moderator for the meeting.

"In Texas, one in three persons does not have health insurance and informing people about their options is an important step in closing the insurance coverage gap," said Saenz.

In conjunction with the town hall meeting, a Health Fair will give people a chance to learn how to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and there will be ACA enrollment specialists to help those in attendance enroll and be insured through the Affordable Care Act.

The Health Fair is free and open to the public and will be a family-friendly, bilingual (English-Spanish) event. As an added incentive, Free Flu vaccines will be available on a "First come, first served" basis.

The event is sponsored by the College of Public Policy and hosted by the UTSA Policy Studies Center.

About the College of Public Policy: Located at the UTSA Downtown Campus, the College of Public Policy is comprised of the undergraduate criminal justice and public administration programs, and the graduate justice policy, public administration, social work and applied demography programs.

The Policy Studies Center is housed within the college. The center's mission is to be a center of excellence through interdisciplinary applied research, training and outreach in areas of critical importance for the local and global communities that it serves.