Obamacare, Just the Facts

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Monday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Lake Forest Recreation Center (CROYA auditorium)


How will the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) affect us, our families, and our business? Come find out on Monday, April 22, 7:00 p.m., at Lake Forest Recreation Center (CROYA auditorium). Two outstanding speakers will give us just the facts; no sell job, no personal interpretations. Julie Hamos, Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and Dr. Steven Potsic, LWV-LFLB member and Public Health Consultant, will explain many of the provisions and impacts. There will be time for questions after their presentations.

Dr. Steven Potsic has a long distinguished career in health care. Dr. Potsic was the Principal U.S. Public Health Service official in Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin), represented the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Surgeon General on matters of health and science, was in charge of the federal public health programs including emergency planning, response and bioterrorism, and had a top level security clearance. Dr. Potsic is a licensed physician with a master's degree from the University of Michigan in Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology, is clinically trained in Pediatrics, and is board certified in Preventive Medicine. He has had academic appointments at the University of Michigan, Columbia University in New York, the University of Illinois, and the University of Kansas. He has practiced medicine in Michigan, New York, and Kansas as well as in Illinois.

Julie Hamos was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in April 2010. HFS is the largest state agency, and responsible for the Medicaid Program and Child Support Services. It has a staff of 2,400, and a budget of $17.7 billion. In December 2012, Ms. Hamos received the "Excellence in Public Service Award" from Motorola Solutions Foundation and the Civic Federation. In January 2013, Hamos was named one of the "People to Watch" by the Chicago Tribune Business Section. Prior to her appointment, Julie Hamos was State Representative of the 18th District for over 11 years. She has been named "Top Legislator" by over 50 organizations and was named one of "25 Women to Watch" by Crain's Chicago Business in 2007.

We are excited to have these two experts to provide us with the facts and without any embellishments.