POSTED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 7:04am
Baton Rouge, La — Healthcare, community, business, trade and faith-based organizations from the New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport areas are gathering throughout the state this week for the official launch of the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition.
A launch event are taking place on March 27 in Baton Rouge at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at 10 a.m.
“The Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition was formed to help people better navigate healthcare reform and the health insurance marketplace,” said Mike Reitz, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. “As a civic organization committed to providing unbiased healthcare and wellness information, the coalition also aims to educate on the major drivers of healthcare costs, the critical importance of personal wellness and the need for access to quality healthcare.”
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is responsible for the most sweeping changes to our nation’s healthcare system in nearly 50 years. The Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition helps Louisianians navigate healthcare reform and the health insurance marketplace, which will open for enrollment in October 2013 with coverage to begin in 2014.
The coalition is composed of individuals, groups and institutions interested in helping Louisianians to fully understand these changes and what it means for their future.
“Joining the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition directly aligns with our mission and commitment of working to improve the political, economic and social environment in which the foodservice industry conducts business,” said Stan Harris, president, Louisiana Restaurant Association. “With the healthcare landscape changing, we want to ensure we continue to serve as an indispensable resource to our more than 7,000 members, especially when it comes to a topic as critical as healthcare.”
The Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition is helping Louisianians make the best healthcare decisions they can for themselves and their families while addressing key issues such as:
• navigation of the new healthcare system,
• the major drivers of healthcare costs,
• the critical importance of personal wellness,
• and the need for system transformation to increase quality while reducing cost.