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UMA’s Senior College – Forum on the Future

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The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid (Maine Care), and Social Security:  An Update

The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) College of Arts and Sciences and the UMA Senior College (UMASC) present their first Forum on the Future on Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 pm in Jewett Hall on the Augusta campus.

Entitled Medicare, Medicaid (Maine Care), and Social Security the forum will be an update of current and proposed legislation regarding the Affordable Care Act, Maine Care and Social Security.  Speakers will include Thomas Feagin, M.D., retired physician, hospice care director and an expert in medical ethics will present a brief history of these benefits.  Dr. Feagin is currently Chairperson of the Board of Directors of UMASC, and has taught many of our offered courses.

Lisa Harvey-McPherson, RN, MBA, MPPM is Vice President of Governmnet Relations at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, and is currently based in Waterville.  Among other awards, she has been recognized as Maine’s nursing leader by OMNE, Nursing Leaders of Maine is also recipient of the national advocacy award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives.  Her advocacy and health policy leadership role is to represent EMHS members at the Maine State Legislature and works closely with Maine’s Congressional delegation.  She will inform us of proposed and current legislation regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Ann Woloson, is a Maine Equal Justice Program policy analyst, and former Executive Director of Prescription Policy Choices; who also is policy writer for Maine Care, and will brief us on current activities with Maine Care.  Prior work includes her work as chief of staff for the Senate Majority Office where she focused principally on Healthcare, Education, Health and Human services as related to the state budget.  She is a long term advocate to increase access to health care for all Maine people.

Japhet Els, Outreach Director of the Maine Association of Retired Persons, aggressively pursues issues that impact Mainers of 50+ as well as their families. Prior to coming to Maine 3 years ago Japhet worked for several national Presidential campaigns as well as national non-profits.  He has been heavily involved nationally in campaigns regarding climate change, political corruption and electoral reform.  He will discuss Social Security proposed changes and how these benefits may be protected for years to come.

All Forums on the Future are FREE and open to the public.  Progams are divided by a refreshment break, followed by our 4th speaker and a question and answer period.

UMASC is open to all community members age 50 or over, their spouses and partners.  To learn more about us, call 621-3551, write us at umasc@maine.edu, or check out our website on umasc.org where there is a wealth of information on current and future programs.