Panel to discuss impact of Medicaid in Hampton Roads

The League of Women Voters of the Williamsburg Area is hosting a discussion panel on how the expansion of Medicaid will impact the Hampton Roads area.

Mary Bull, a member of the group, said at “Medicaid: Bridging the Costs of Health Care,” a group of local experts will talk about their experience with the effectiveness of Medicaid in bridging the costs of health care in our area.

“The idea of the panel is that we as voters have a lot of influence on healthcare policy through the people that we elect — so the idea is to hear from people who work with health care in the area, particularly in terms of Medicaid expansion,” Bull said.

She said the panel would discuss what the costs of health care will be with the expansion, as well as what healthcare providers in the area are doing to prepare for it.

Speakers include:

  • Jennifer Mellor, professor of economics and public policy at the College of William and Mary
  • Fran Castellow, president of operations for the Patient Advocate Foundation
  • William Mann, executive medical director of Old Towne Medical and Dental Center
  • Donna Briggs, regional sales manager for Optima Health

The event will be about an hour and a half long, with the first hour being used for panelists to talk about their areas of expertise, and the last half hour for audience questions.

The panel begins at 7 p.m. Jan 24 at the Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St. The event is free and open to the public.

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