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Ithaca College Hosts Panel Discussion on Health-Care Reform

 ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College will host a panel discussion focusing on the future of health care on Thursday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall. The public is invited to take part in the discussion, titled “Health Reform: What's Next?”

As we await the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act championed by President Obama and passed by Congress in 2010, the four panelists will provide diverse perspectives and commentary on the most important health legislation of our generation and how it will affect all of us:

  • Frederick Barken, M.D., a primary care physician now at the Ithaca Free Clinic and the author of “Out of Practice: Fighting for Primary Care Medicine in America”
  • Joe Sammons, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, the region’s largest nonprofit community-based reproductive health provider
  • Jennifer Tennant, assistant professor of economics at Ithaca College and member of the American Society of Health Economists
  • Matthew Wiggin, head of business communication for Aetna, Inc., with responsibility for providing communications support and counsel to the insurance company’s Health Care Reform Project Management Office

Convening the panel will be Stewart Auyash, associate professor and chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education at Ithaca College. There will be time for audience questions and discussion following the presentations.