With massive health care changes on the horizon, consumers are voicing angst and frustration over a scarcity of information on what to expect.
In just six months, California's health insurance exchange, where people can sign up for subsidized health plans and compare policies, is scheduled to open.
Then, in January 2014, the most broad-based changes of the federal health care overhaul are set to begin, with an expansion of subsidized health programs and new requirements on insurers and employers designed to reduce the number of uninsured.
"There's a lot of interest in obtaining information as we approach January," said Sandra Kirschenmann, associate vice provost and executive director of Drexel University's Sacramento campus. "People want to know what these changes are going to look like."
Starting Wednesday, Drexel University Sacramento will open a series of lectures called "Healthcare Perspectives," four days of presentations that cover seven topics.
Members of the public are invited to attend free of charge, alongside students in the Master of Business Administration program specializing in health care.
On Wednesday, industry leaders from Sutter Davis Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and UC Davis Health System will meet in a health care CEO roundtable from 6 to 9 p.m.
On Thursday, the chief operating officer of the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center will talk about recent technological advances in the field from 3 to 4 p.m.
Also on Thursday, an Anthem Blue Cross regional director will team up with Drexel University Sacramento officials to discuss managing a health care career from 5 to 6 p.m.
Thursday will also offer a discussion panel by officials from Western Health Advantage, Dignity Health and Sutter Health titled "Healthcare Cost Crisis" from 6 to 9 p.m.
On Friday, the president of Sierra Health Foundation will discuss "The Vulnerable Patient," focusing on disparities created by the health care systems, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Also on Friday, health care officials with Kaiser Permanente, South Sacramento, and Shriners Hospitals for Children will team up to discuss the "Healthcare Quality Crisis" from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
On May 11, an official with Insera Therapeutics will lead a discussion on "Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Healthcare" from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
For location information, click on "Events" under "Healthcare Perspectives" at sacramento.drexel.edu.
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