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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 10:53 am

The Executive Director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Dr. Georges Benjamin, will deliver “The Affordable Care Act: Why it Matters” at 9:30 a.m. todayin the College of Fine Arts and Communication recital hall. 

The ACA or as it’s more commonly known, “Obamacare”, is designed to provide Americans with better health security by putting in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will expand coverage, hold insurance companies accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more choice and enhance the quality of care for all Americans.

Maureen Bezold, an assistant professor in Western’s health sciences department, serves on the APHA’s Governing Council and was vital in scheduling Benjamin to come to 

Western’s campus. 

“We are interested in bringing Dr. Benjamin to Western because he can provide additional context to the national discussion about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and talk about the ways it might impact every person in the country in some way or another,” Bezold said. 

Sterling Saddler, College of Education and Human Services Dean said Benjamin will discuss the ACA, its ins and outs and its benefits for Western Illinois and surrounding communities. 

“The College of Education and Human Services, along with the department of health sciences, are pleased to bring a speaker of his caliber to campus,” Saddler said. “His level of expertise in the field of public health and knowledge about the Act will provide a bipartisan view that will benefit all.”


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