King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson recently shared her thoughts on an upcoming Town Hall meeting she has scheduled for Sept. 15 in Tukwila at the Foster Performing Arts Center.
Titled “Health Reform & You,” its purpose is to shed more light on understanding the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, passed last year by Congress, and what opportunities it will offer, especially in light of the working poor.
The meeting runs 6:30-8:30 p.m.
“The reason why we are doing this is so that we can give our residents a better idea of what the law will do,” Patterson said. “I don’t think most people know.
“Quite honestly,” she added, “it’s going to be a learning experience for me, too.”
Patterson said the choice of Tukwila for the Town Hall was a clear one.
“Tukwila and SeaTac are an epicenter,” she said, of the insurance black hole that currently exists in South King County. The region takes in a high number of the working poor.
“These are contributing members of society, who are working very hard – sometimes two or three jobs in order to make ends meet,” Patterson said.
“I know that our health-safety net is under extreme strain,” she added. “It doesn’t make sense in the wealthiest country in the world, that people don’t have access to basic health care.
“There were very compelling reasons for why the law passed.”
The event, which features representatives from the Northwest Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will address a number of related topics.
• Why did we need health-care reform?
• What does the new health-reform legislation do?
• How will it affect my family?
• What are the next steps?
The event is free and open to the public. Foster Performing Arts Center is located at 4242 S. 144th St., Tukwila.To learn more, contact Patterson’s office at 206-296-1005, e-mail her at email@example.com, or log on to: www.kingcounty.gov/patterson.
See the coverage of this meeting at www.tukwilareporter.com