Women’s Council Panelists To Discuss Affordable Care Act

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Affordable Care Act—the health insurance reform legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010—helps make prevention affordable and accessible for all Americans by requiring health plans to cover preventive services and by eliminating cost sharing for those services.  

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 84 percent of Tennesseans who have insurance have “more choices and stronger coverage than ever before” because of the Affordable Care Act. The 16 percent of Tennesseans who don’t have insurance—those Tennessee families and small businesses who buy their coverage but are not satisfied with it—the future will bring a new way to find health coverage that fits their needs and their budgets, officials said. 

For women in particular, the Affordable Care Act will expand prevention coverage for their health and well-being particularly for mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, prenatal care, and other preventive services. “The Affordable Care Act ensures women are covered by health plans with no cost sharing.” 

To better address this issue, the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce is presenting “How the Affordable Care Act Will Affect You” as the topic for the Aug. 26 Women’s Council noon luncheon. A panel of local insurance professionals will address specifically how the upcoming implementation of the act will affect women as employers, employees and individual consumers.  

Panelists include Pamela Nelson, Ocoee Insurance Services; Andy Figlestahler, Ed Jacobs & Associates; and Pam Rowe, McIntire & Associates Insurance Inc. 

“Our insurance professionals are well-qualified to talk about the Affordable Care Act,” Ann Marie Brewer, Women’s Council chairman, said. “This will be a great chance to clarify how this legislation will affect businesses and individuals.” 

All women and men are invited to participate in Women’s Council sessions, which are opportunities for networking and learning. 

Cost for “How the Affordable Care Act Will Affect You” session is $15 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members and includes a buffet luncheon. To register, call 472-6587 by noon on Thursday, Aug. 22. Chamber members also may register online at the community calendar at www.clevelandchamber.com.


Erlanger Hosts OB Potpourri

Erlanger Health System will host the 4th Annual OBGYN Potpourri symposium on Friday at The Colonnade.    "As the region’s leader in high-risk obstetrics, Erlanger has designed this symposium to continue the education of healthcare professionals with a special interest in obstetrics and gynecology," officials said. Topics include current obstetrical and gynecological ... (click for more)

Parkridge Health System Welcomes Inaugural Nurse Residents

Parkridge Health System   welcomed its nurse residents to the inaugural cohort of the HCA Nurse Residency at TriStar Division. Selected after a rigorous application and interview process, these 11 nurses launched their professional nursing careers with orientation for the Winter 2017 Cohort on Feb. 13 in Chattanooga. “We are excited to welcome our nurse residents to the ... (click for more)

2 Shot Tuesday Afternoon On Windsor Street

Chattanooga Police responded on Tuesday to the 2100 block of Windsor Street, on a report that two people had been shot.   Upon arrival, officers located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Their injuries are non-life threatening at this time. Both victims were transported to a local hospital by Hamilton County EMS.   Two suspects were reported to police. ... (click for more)

Erlanger Reports Dramatic Increase In Flu-Like Illnesses

The number of influenza-like illnesses treated at Erlanger Health System shows a dramatic increase compared to this time last year.  Erlanger reported treating 156 patients with flu like illnesses between Feb. 12 and 18 of this year. This represents a significant increase from the seven cases reported during the same week last year and 15 cases reported approximately a month ... (click for more)

Judge Doug Meyer Lived A Full Life Helping Many

I was sadden to learn of the death of Judge Doug Meyer.  Judge Meyer retired from the Criminal Court bench here in 2006.  Prior to that he had been the Chattanooga city judge for several years.  As a young attorney I tried many cases in front of Judge Meyer.  Also while I was awaiting my case to be tried, I would observe him on the bench.  Judge Meyer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Blackburn Good As Gone

I didn’t know until I read John Adams’ column in the Knoxville News-Sentinel that one person who doesn't personally know UTC Athletic Director David Blackburn said he heard he has a drinking problem. I also didn’t know that “the best thing to ever happen to UTC athletics” had health problems, according to a second person who does not personally know him. It is also being said David ... (click for more)