Upcoming panel in Naples will discuss impact of proposals to replace Obamacare

NAPLES — Questions about insurance premiums, prescription drug costs, network providers and preexisting conditions can make your head spin. Adding to the confusion: Politics.

A discussion June 14 in Naples is meant to uncover how proposed changes in the current healthcare law will impact families and the community.

Congress is in the process of repealing and replacing the current law, the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. The panel will address how the replacement American Health Care Act (Trumpcare) will impact families’ insurance premiums, prescription costs, coverage for people with preexisting conditions and related issues. There will be time for questions and answers.

The panel will include presentations by several professionals involved in health care and the law.

Bonnie DeVinney retired as senior planner with the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency and was a chief operating officer of Greater Rochester United Way and vice president and chief program officer for the Rochester Health Foundation. Ann Ruflin is chief planning officer of Common Ground Health (formerly Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency). Attorney Christina Sonsire is a partner in the Ziff Law Firm, based in Elmira.

Sonsire represents people who have been harmed or killed as a result of medical malpractice. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and returned to the Southern Tier after serving with the Americorps’ National Civilian Community Corps and graduation from the University of Montana Law School. She and her husband Damian, a Chemung County assistant district attorney, live in Elmira with their two daughters.

DeVinney and Ruflin will talk about costs and coverage for preexisting conditions under the Affordable Care Act and the replacement American Health Care Act. The two will also “give their thoughts and advice for a healthier America,” according to a release about the event.

Sonsire will also discuss the New York State Health Act, a law currently under discussion in the Legislature as Assembly Bill 4738 and Senate Bill 4840.

The event is sponsored by Naples Indivisible, a local chapter of the national Indivisible organization. Indivisible is a nonprofit that “energizes and informs Americans about government’s potential,” according to the organization’s website, and it enlists citizens “to imagine and create the government we need for all to have a safe, healthy, just and prosperous future.”


If you go

WHAT Health Care Forum

WHEN Wednesday, June 14, 7 p.m.

WHERE Trinity Federated Church, 119 N. Main St., Naples

DETAILS A panel of experts will present information and answer questions about the current healthcare law and proposed laws. The event is sponsored by Naples Indivisible, a chapter of the national nonprofit Indivisible organization (https://www.indivisible.us/). For more information about the event contact organizers, Stephen Lewandowski at 585-554-4899 or Annie Almekinder at 585-704-6653.