#GetSmart: BE a Part of Project TurnAround’s Healthcare Forum Sunday March 9th

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Mr. Gautam Raghavan, President Obama’s associate director of Public Engagement and White House liaison to the LGBT community, will join Atlanta-based Project TurnAround Foundation for a free seminar on the Affordable Care Act March 9 in Atlanta.  The non-profit organization has invited Raghavan and other healthcare professionals to discuss how the new health insurance options could impact members of the LGBT community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender).  The seminar will be held Sunday, March 9 from 4-7 p.m. at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, 659 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Ga., 30308, and is free to attend.  More information is available at www.ptfga.org.

“There are many healthcare issues that specifically affect the LGBT community, and insurance plans can differ greatly on what procedures and medications they cover,” said Cindy Bowden, interim director of the Project TurnAround Foundation.  “For instance, the patient’s cost for HIV medications can vary significantly from plan to plan.  Other questions to ask include whether or not transgender surgeries and hormone therapies are covered, and what might be considered a pre-existing condition.  Project TurnAround Foundation is bringing together experts for this free program including doctors, pharmacists and insurance experts to review options and answer questions.  We’ll also have medical personnel from Grady Hospital available to conduct stroke screening and blood pressure measurements and professionals from AID Atlanta to do confidential HIV testing and volunteers will be on-hand to help those who are interested to sign up for one of the new Affordable Care plans.”

In addition to Raghavan, speakers will include Molly Brown, field organizer for the Get Covered America Campaign; Brigid Scarbrough of The Health Initiative; and Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality.  Topics to be covered:

  • The Affordable Care Act
  • Medicaid Eligibility
  • Next of kin issues for the LGBT community
  • LGBT legal rights to medical care

Seminar partners include Georgia Equality (www.georgiaequality.org), Get Covered America (www.getcoveredamerica.org), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (www.HHS.gov), the Health Initiative (www.thehealthinitiative.org) and Out2Enroll (www.out2enroll.org).

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