Greene County Medical Center CEO to explain ‘Medicare for all’

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Citizens from Greene County and beyond are invited to the third Meet Your Legislator event Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Welcome Center located in the Thomas Jefferson Gardens.

Greene County Medical Center (GCMC) Chief Executive Officer Carl Behne, a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, will lead the first in an intermittent series of public policy presentations Monday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Gardens Education and Welcome Center of Greene County in Jefferson.

“The Thomas Jefferson Gardens Board of Directors is endeavoring to create an informed and knowledgeable citizenry, as we believe Thomas Jefferson, the city of Jefferson’s namesake, envisioned for our country and the democracy of the U.S.,” said board member Mary Weaver.

Behne will discuss the health policies being advanced by the various Democratic presidential candidates now crisscrossing Iowa. Implied meanings and definitions of commonly heard terms and phrases, such as “fixing the ACA,” “Medicare for all,” “public option” and “Medicaid,” will be analyzed by Behne, who will “bring it home” to interested Greene County citizens.

Behne will also explain how potential policy changes might impact service delivery at the GCMC, such as reimbursement policies for physicians and other health care providers serving the Jefferson community and the greater Greene County area. He will also touch on the impact Iowa’s privatization of Medicaid has had on the GCMC.

Local radio personage Coltrane Carlson will moderate the interactive session that will follow Behns’s 20-minute presentation, with participants encouraged to dialogue and pose questions during the question-and-answer portion.

This is the first meeting in an educational series at the Thomas Jefferson Gardens. Future topics will include water quality, and communication/interaction to diminish polarization and other topics as suggested by the citizens of Greene County.

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