Jan 26, 2010    #005
Contact: John Austin

Health Care reform is topic of inaugural 'UMKC Community Conversations' panel discussion

UMKC and community experts will discuss the status of current health care legislation

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) will host the first in a three-part series of public panel discussions on the issue of health care reform on Saturday, January 30, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Each part of the series - "National Health Care: A UMKC Community Conversation" - will target different perspectives on the issues surrounding the current health care reform legislation.

Separate health care bills have passed the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. And much debate - and possibly frustration - continue as Americans work through the complex issues, rhetoric and opinions to discern what's in our best interest and what we should expect next. The goal of the three events is to present a non-partisan, fact-based discussion designed to simplify and present the current state of the Health Reform bills in Congress and the potential implications.

The first event, which is free and open to the public, will focus on the consumer perspective - what health care reform will mean to the American public. The event will begin with a coffee reception from 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., followed by the panel discussion from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The second event, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27, will look at the issues from the employer perspective - what health care reform will mean to the people who offer health care benefits to their employees. The final event, scheduled for Saturday, March 27, will examine the provider perspective - what health care reform will mean to the people who deliver health care services.

All three events will be held on the UMKC Volker Campus in the E.E. "Tom" Thompson Courtroom at the School of Law, 500 E. 52nd St., Kansas City, MO 64111. For more information and a list of scheduled participants, visit

About UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at(800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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