May 13, 2011

Series of Forums Aims to Show What National Health Reform Will Mean to You

A series of three forums to be held at Cleveland State University in May and June aims to help attendees learn more about national health care reform. Free and open to the public, the forums are designed to encourage dialogue between citizens, government leaders and stakeholders in health care.

FORUM #1: National Health Care Reform: The Ohio Story

This forum, entitled “National Health Care Reform: The Ohio Story,” provides a unique opportunity to learn how health care reform will affect consumers, small businesses, insurers and health care providers in the state of Ohio.

Following a short video greeting by Senator Sherrod Brown, Carrie Haughawout from the Ohio Department of Insurance will kick off the program with an update on what the state is doing under health care reform. A panel of experts will then offer their individual perspectives about the effects of the changes.

The forum will conclude with an open dialogue between the panelists and participants, who will be invited to ask questions and share their concerns.

4 to 6 p.m.
Levin College of Urban Affairs
Glickman-Miller Hall
Roberta Steinbacher Atrium
1717 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH

This event is free and open to the public. Please register online or call 216.523.7330.


  • Diane Suchetka, medical reporter for The Plain Dealer
  • Carrie Haughawout, assistant director for Health Policy for the Ohio Department of Insurance
  • Steve Millard, president and executive director of Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE)
  • Kathleen Gmeiner, project director, UHCAN Ohio
  • Lee Kamps, independent insurance representative
  • Consumer advocates: Colleen Clark and Fernie Legat


“National Health Care Reform” is a series of three forums created by the Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio (UHCAN Ohio) to create a dialogue between citizens, government leaders and stakeholders in the businesses of health care. The goal of the forums is to educate consumers by providing objective, factual information about the changes that can be expected as the components of the reform are phased-in.

The series is made possible by the generous support of The George Gund Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and the Sisters of Charity Health System.


UHCAN Ohio is a nonprofit organization with the mission to achieve high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. For more information, visit

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