Steven Brill, author of a groundbreaking Time magazine article that examined why American health care is so expensive, will headline a three-day consumer issues conference at the University of Wyoming.
The conference, which begins Wednesday, will focus on changes occurring within the American health care system. Speakers will discuss the Affordable Care Act, but the conference’s focus won’t be limited to the federal health reform law, UW Professor Virginia Vincenti said.
“We tried to find people who could talk about different new approaches to delivering heath care, and new innovations that may not have existed until recently,” she said.
The conference will open a day after the launch of Wyoming’s health insurance exchange, which was put into place by the Affordable Care Act. The exchange will serve as a sort of virtual marketplace where consumers can shop for insurance. Other major pieces of the law take effect in January, including the requirement that most Americans possess health coverage.
Consumers are still trying to understand how they’ll be affected by the new law. A Kaiser Health Tracking Poll performed last month found the majority of Americans didn’t know the exchange was about to open.
Conference organizers hope to provide the public with objective information about the law, while avoiding politics, Vincenti said.
“There is so much misinformation and so many sources of information that are sort of faddish, or sources that are not well founded in medicine and science,” she said.
The event opens at 7 p.m. Wednesday with a public showing of the documentary “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.” Brill will participate in a videoconference at 9 a.m. Friday in the Wyoming Union Family Room.
For more information, or to register, visit www.uwyo.edu/cic/ or call 307-766-4079 or 307-766-5262.