On Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m., Westfield 20/20 and New Jersey Citizen Action, a statewide grassroots advocacy organization, will co-sponsor a free public educational Healthcare Forum at Pollard Hall in Mountainside.

The topic is very timely. Exit polls from the recent Pennsylvania election confirm that voters rated healthcare as their most pressing concern. New Jersey citizens are no less concerned.  News about healthcare has dominated the news cycles without any consensus or firm direction emerging from any quarter. 

NJ Citizen Action and Westfield 20/20 hope to address the current uncertainty surrounding healthcare, and what NJ residents can do to stabilize options in our state.  This public forum will provide an open discussion on the latest updates and average citizens can do to safeguard and expand affordable, accessible care in New Jersey.  Four distinguished speakers include:

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  • Heather Howard, Lecturer in Public Affairs and Director, State Health & Values Strategies, Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
  • Wardell Sanders, Esq., President, New Jersey Association of Health Plans
  • Shavonda Sumter, Assemblywoman - New Jersey 35th District and Director, Behavioral Health, Hackensack UMC Mountainside
  • Maura Collinsgru, Healthcare Program Director, New Jersey Citizen Action

The Affordable Care Act did much to protect patients from discrimination based on pre-existing conditions and offered subsidies to help across all income levels.  While total repeal efforts have failed, there is still a large gap to bridge in ensuring continued high-quality care to vulnerable New Jerseyans.  This forum will focus on what can be done to stabilize and even augment medical security in the Garden State, what  local groups do to voice their concerns around the instability caused by the current political climate and the steps can each of us can take to ensure more equitable and stable coverage.

To register, go to the Westfield 20/20 Facebook page at Facebook.com/westfield2020 and search upcoming events, or go to Eventbrite.com and search “Protecting NJ Healthcare.” Join your neighbors to learn more about what you can do to secure and defend affordable and accessible healthcare.