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Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park) and Senator Jerry Hill (San Mateo) will host a forum on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the new health care options on Saturday, October 5 at Mountain View City Hall. 

California's new easy-to-use marketplace, known as Covered California, began enrollment on October 1.  To help navigate this new system, Assemblyman Gordon and Senator Hill will convene various stakeholders to share information about new health coverage options and how to enroll in the plans. 

“With the rollout of the ACA and Covered California, the public will undoubtedly have questions over new health care coverage options,” said Assemblyman Gordon.  “Senator Hill and I encourage anyone seeking to lower the cost of their current health care coverage, researching higher-quality plans, or anyone who is currently uninsured, or was denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition, to attend this informational forum.”

“Rising costs and limited access to quality coverage are huge barriers for millions of Californians who lack adequate health care,” said Senator Hill.  “This forum will provide information for individuals and families seeking to learn more about health care options under the ACA.” 

Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and ask individualized questions privately with a Covered California Certified Educator. 

WHAT:     Forum on Affordable Care Act & Covered California
WHEN:     10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon); Saturday, October 5,  2013

WHERE:   Mountain View City Hall, Council Chamber
               500 Castro Street
               Mountain View, CA 94039
WHO:      Assemblyman Rich Gordon and  Senator Jerry Hill        

             Panelists:
             -   Anthony Wright, Executive Director of Health Access
             -   Cary Sanders, Director of Policy Analysis at California Pan-Ethnic                  Health Network Possibly
             -   Drew Kyler, External Affairs at Covered California
             -   Ed Kiryczun, Health Care Reform Project Lead, San Mateo County                  Human Services Agency

Those wishing to attend the forum should RSVP online, or by calling Assemblyman Gordon’s Office: 650-691-2121. 

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Margot Grant is the communications director for Assemblyman Rich Gordon, who represents the 24th Assembly District on the San Francisco Peninsula in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Gordon's district includes the communities of: North Fair Oaks, Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Woodside, Portola Valley, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, a portion of Cupertino, and the San Mateo County Coastside – from El Granada to the Santa Cruz County border. Website of Assemblyman Rich Gordon: www.assembly.ca.gov/Gordon