(Photo by August Jennewein)

With the creation of the Affordable Care Act, many Americans still are confused by the plan and how if affects them. Will it change their plans or have an impact on their taxes? And how can we get the most out of the changes?

A discussion on the “Affordable Care Act” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. March 12 in the auditorium at the J.C. Penney Building/Conference Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

The panel discussion will touch on affordable care and disabilities, programs to incentivize quality and safety improvements, implications for health-care work force development, living wills, estate planning, marketplace and the need for health insurance literacy and expanding Medicaid in Missouri.

Dr. Lynne Nowak, medical director at Express Scripts Inc., will speak on the topic and moderate the panel discussion.

Since joining Express Scripts in 2013, Nowak has lead a team of specialist pharmacists and provides oversight in the development of innovative pharmacy solutions. As an internist and expert in the delivery of hospital-based and hospice care, she connects companies with expertise in behavioral sciences, clinical specialization and the use of actionable data with the delivery of patient care to improve clinical and financial outcomes.

Panelists will include:

  • Shirley Porterfield, associate professor of social work and economics at UMSL
  • Susan Kendig, teaching professor of nursing at UMSL
  • Andrew Kaiser, attorney at The Kaiser Law Firm in Des Peres, Mo.
  • M. Ryan Barker, vice president of health policy at Missouri Foundation for Health in St. Louis

A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. The discussion is the Hellen and Will Carpenter Series on Contemporary Issues in American Society and is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL. It is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by calling 314-516-5403 or emailing mreenf@umsl.edu.

Jen Hatton

Jen Hatton