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Hofstra Law to Host Affordable Healthcare’s Next Act

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law’s Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy announces “Affordable Healthcare’s Next Act,” a symposium to examine issues related to the impact and future of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislation soon after open enrollment in the new health insurance exchanges begins. Hofstra Law is hosting the event on October 16, bringing together leading practitioners of medicine, ethics, law, healthcare administration and other disciplines to evaluate the short- and long-term future of the Affordable Care Act.

This timely conference represents the first major public event for the new Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy and the first event in the Garfunkel Wild, P.C. Thought Leadership in Action Speaker Series.

“Right now we are seeing the challenges the Act brings to us. Its very implementation has created a large number of challenges for the government and the nation as a whole,” said Professor Janet L. Dolgin, director of the Gitenstein Institute and symposium chair. “In this symposium we will be exploring how the Act will actually impact all Americans and how prepared we are to fill the gaps.”

Professor Dolgin and several Hofstra Law professors and School of Medicine professors are among the nationally recognized panelists who are participating in the event.

The symposium will approach the ACA from three overlapping perspectives: the gaps it leaves within the nation’s healthcare system, the opportunities it offers for more comprehensive healthcare, and the challenges it presents to transform the gaps into new opportunities. Panel topics include:

  • Social Justice: The Best Preventative Medicine
  • Missing Pieces in the ACA “Puzzle”
  • Implementing National Policy:  From Birth to End of Life
  • Breaking the Bonds of Professional Silos

The keynote address will be presented by Wendell Potter, the president of Wendell Potter Consulting. Following a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive, Potter left his position as head of communications for Cigna to help socially responsible organizations — including those advocating for meaningful healthcare reform — achieve their goals.

The Gitenstein Institute was established with the mission of developing and implementing new methods for training students in order to broaden access to quality healthcare for everyone and to create a more just healthcare system. The institute offers exceptional, highly motivated students the opportunity to become influential thought leaders and help pave the way for positive change in the U.S. healthcare system through innovative and multidisciplinary learning experiences.

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