National and state decision makers will focus on important health care policy issues facing the nation and Virginia
Hampton Roads, Va. (Nov. 14, 2013) – National and state decision makers will focus on important health care policy issues facing the nation and Virginia, and its impact on the burgeoning “Baby Boomer” and present senior population, at the regional Medicare Health Fair & Expo on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach. The morning keynote panel discussion, from 8:45 to 10 a.m., will take a look at “The Future of Health Care in America” and feature U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, R- 2nd District of Virginia, and Dr. Matthew Heinz, an Obama administration official and director of provider outreach in the Office of Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Heinz also will lead a workshop on the Affordable Care Act. from 11:15 a.m. to noon. From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., the luncheon keynote session will examine the “Affordable Care Act and the Future of Health Care in Virginia.” Expert panelists will be Dr. William Hazel, Virginia’s secretary of health and human resources, and James Rothrock, commissioner of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. Both panels will be moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, host of the WHRV-FM public radio talk show “Another View,” who will also emcee the day’s events. “We’re really excited about the caliber of speakers and workshop leaders who are participating in this event, which is the first such region-wide program in South Hampton Roads,” said John N. Skirven, CEO of the nonprofit Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia which organized Saturday’s forum. 2 “This event is really important for anyone over age 50 who has begun to think about Medicare and related health care issues, and also about how their health care concerns might affect their family,” Skirven continued. “Our region’s burgeoning senior population is part of the fastest-growing demographic group in America, so this event not only will be of great interest to older adults, their families and caregivers but also to the community at large.” In addition to the keynote sessions, the Nov. 16 event will include six concurrent workshops geared to people soon to enroll in Medicare or already enrolled. More than 60 exhibitors will be on hand, and Senior Services will provide on-site Medicare enrollment assistance. Cost is $15 per person. Space is limited, so anyone interested in attending is encouraged to preregister at www.ssseva.org or call 757-461-9481. Senior Services thanks the following sponsors for their support: Sentara, Optima Health, PhRMA, Obici Healthcare Foundation, Hook Law Center, Bon Secours Virginia Health System, Circulatory Centers, Anthem HealthKeepers, TFA Benefits, Bryant & Stratton College, Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer P.C. and Walgreens.