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May 13th, 2013
Rep. Grijalva Hosting Public Health Forum to Explain Affordable Care Act Policy Changes – Event is Free and Open to the Public May 29

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva is hosting a public health forum in Tucson on Wed., May 29, to explain Affordable Care Act health care policy changes. The event, which will focus on opportunities for women and young people, is free and open to Southern Arizonans of all ages who RSVP with Adriana Perez at

Grijalva will speak at the event alongside local and national health experts. Attendees can ask questions, learn about opportunities to improve their health, and get information on finding affordable coverage.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the following improvements – among many others – have already been made or will soon be made to the health insurance industry:

• Women can now access a wide range of free preventive services they previously would have had to pay for, often out of pocket.

• Young people can stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26.

• Starting next year, no new insurance plans will be able to charge women higher premiums than men for the same coverage.

• Also starting next year, no new insurance plans will be able to drop coverage for women who become pregnant. Many companies now consider pregnancy a “pre-existing condition” on which to base the decision to cancel coverage. Beginning in January 2014, no new health insurance policy can be denied on the basis of pregnancy or any other pre-existing condition.

A full list of Affordable Care Act changes to the health industry, along with implementation dates and deadlines, is available at

The Tucson event is taking place in cooperation with El Rio Community Health Center. Anyone with questions should call Jessie Baxter in Rep. Grijalva’s Tucson district office at (520) 622-6788.

If You Go

What: Public forum on upcoming Affordable Care Act policy changes

When: 3:00 p.m. on Wed., May 29

Who: Rep. Grijalva, local health experts, Department of Health and Human Services officials

Where: El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, 101 W. Irvington in Tucson

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