PCOM Hosts AOA, HHSJanuary 20, 2016
As the latest Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment period winds down, officials from
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the nonprofit Enroll America,
and the American Osteopathic Medicine (AOA), visited PCOM on Jan. 19, as part of the
HHS’ “Provider Week of Action,” which highlights the work of community health centers
John W. Becher, DO ’70, chair of emergency medicine and president of the AOA, along
with Ester Krofah, deputy director of the HHS Office of Health Reform, and Joanne
Grossi, regional director of the HHS, addressed an audience of students, administrators
and faculty on the critical role of physicians in educating patients about coverage.
“Our goal is to make sure no Pennsylvanians are uninsured," said Ms. Grossi.
Charmaine Chan, DO ’05, instructor, family medicine, and Steven Mosey, a second-year
DO student, gave both the physician and student perspectives on the importance of
healthcare enrollment. “It’s a continuous dialogue, educating patients on why they
need healthcare coverage,” said Dr. Chan. “It’s a tough job, but an important one.”
Several PCOM students, with guidance from representatives from Enroll America, then
staffed a phone bank to connect with hard-to-reach patients who would most benefit
from coverage, providing information and answering their enrollment questions.
According to figures from Enroll America, since the ACA’s requirement for coverage
took effect, Pennsylvania saw its uninsured rate drop from 13.8 percent in 2013 to
7.6 percent in 2015. In Philadelphia County, those rates fell from 19 percent in 2013
to 12 percent in 2015. HHS reports that during this year’s open enrollment, 411,675
Individual plan selections have been made in Pennsylvania from November 30 to January
9. Open Enrollment ends Jan. 31.
From left: Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and CEO, PCOM; Ester Krofah, deputy
director, HHS Office of Health Reform; John W. Becher, DO ’70, chair of surgery, PCOM,
and president of the AOA; Joanne Grossi, regional director of the HHS; and Kenneth
Veit, DO ’76, MBA, provost, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean, PCOM.
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