Medical Community United on Medicaid Expansion

WHAT: Following a lunch and panel discussion on disaster preparedness, members of the Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition, representing hospitals, physicians and health care organizations throughout Nevada, will urge Governor Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature to adopt Medicaid expansion and accept federal funds to provide health care for thousands of Nevadans.

With the constitutional issues surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in June and the recent re-election of President Obama, PPACA is here to stay. Nevada must now decide whether or not to expand Medicaid programs.

WHY: Nevada has already moved forward with the development of a Health Insurance Exchange (HIE). Approximately 71,000 primarily childless adult Nevadans who are currently uninsured would be covered by the expansion of Medicaid.

The Federal Government will cover 100% of the cost of the Medicaid expansion from 2014 to 2016, 95% from 2017-2019 and 90% thereafter. Nevada will be responsible for the cost to administer the program. Administrative expenses should be nominal with Nevada benefitting from the estimated $300 million that will be put back into the economy.

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2012 – 1:30 P.M.

WHERE: Cili Restaurant at the Bali Hai Golf Club

5160 South Las Vegas Boulevard

Las Vegas, NV 89119

WHO: Dr. Ron Kline, President Elect, Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition

Brian Brannman, CEO of University Medical Center (UMC)

Dr. Florence Jamison, Volunteers in Medicine

Todd Sklamburg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital

Chris Vito, (Rapidly Growing) Small Business Owner

In addition, representatives of the following sponsoring organizations will be represented at the press conference:

Sunrise Health System

Valley Health System

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals (Dignity Health)

University Medical Center (UMC)

Nevada State Medical Association

Nevada Health Care Association

Nevada Osteopathic Medical Association

Clark County Medical Society

American College of Physicians

Health Care Partners

American College of Surgeons

Touro University

Children’s Advocacy Alliance

Adult Day Care Advisory Council

American Academy of Pediatrics

Children’s Medical Advocacy Coalition