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Who Pays? The Economics of Healthcare Coverage

Many questions about the future of healthcare are emerging as the Nation debates the future of how American’s will pay for medical expenses. Engage Mountain Maryland (EMM) is hosting a nonpartisan panel discussion at the Garrett College Auditorium on Tuesday, August 15 from 6:00PM-8:00PM. WHO PAYS? THE ECONOMICS OF HEALTHCARE COVERAGE, will feature a panel discussion comprised of area healthcare leaders. The free program is relevant for any citizen insured through a private company or the government run Affordable Care Act. Medical professionals may also like to learn more about how changes to the current healthcare system could impact them personally, through their work, or in their medical practice. Even though the event targets Garrett County, the subject matter is applicable to any rural economy.

What began as a grassroots group of concerned citizens blossomed into a public meeting focused on learning more about the present healthcare system and possible changes being debated. Locally known as the Garrett County Women’s Huddle, a small group formed, looking for answers about how Garrett County residents would be impacted by suggested changes in personal healthcare coverage and how local services like nursing homes, doctors and the hospital would be affected. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often shortened to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010.