Board to review local impact of Obamacare

WashCo_logoThe impact of the federal Affordable Care Act on Washington County Services and clients will be discussed by the Board of Commissioners in a workshop with officials of two county departments Tuesday.
Commissioners will hold a second workshop with county administrators to discuss appointing a representative to the Ramsey-Washington Community Action Partnership and clarify when commissioners, county staff or citizens can be considered for appointment to various organizations.
Commissioners will meet with officials from the Community Services and Public Health and Environment departments to learn more about how ACA, also known as “Obamacare,” will affect the county.
ACA requires most U.S. citizens and legal residents to have health care coverage, creates state-based health care exchanges, provides a guaranteed benefit package, simplified eligibility and claims rules and emphasizes reducing health care costs and improving outcomes through prevention and early detection.
The ACA workshop also looks at Medicaid eligibility and enrollment, the one-stop public-private insurance “exchange” and some of the new terms under the health-care law.
The federal law is moving from the planning to implementation stage and questions are emerging related to the role of counties in regards to ACA.
The two workshops follow a light, post-Presidents Day holiday board meeting agenda featuring a legislative update closed session with county Human Resources officials to discuss labor relations negotiations.
The County Board meets at 9 a.m. in the fifth-floor boardroom at the Government Center in Stillwater.
Workshops are held in a conference room next to the boardroom. The regular meeting and workshops are open to the public.