Health Reform 101: Bringing the Affordable Care Act to Utah

OGDEN, Utah – The Weber State University Chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is sponsoring an event to discuss the many aspects of the Affordable Care Act on Nov. 15 at the WSU Ogden campus. This event will be held in Elizabeth Hall Room 229, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and is open to all students, faculty and staff, and the general public.   

Jason Stevenson, education and communications director at the Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP) will lead the discussion. The Utah Health Policy Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on implementing national health reform in Utah. Stevenson will speak about Utah’s new insurance marketplaces, penalties and premium subsidies, and how the Affordable Care Act — also called Obamacare — will impact health-related careers. 

The president of the WSU AMSA chapter, also known as the Pre-Med Club, Jason Davis, explains that students have heard many rumors about health care reform, and it is hard to determine which are true and which are speculation. This meeting gives students, and anyone else interested in attending, a chance to get their questions answered. 

“Learning about the Affordable Care Act from a professional in health care reform is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Davis. “Personally, I am excited for this meeting because it will give me a better idea of how the Affordable Care Act is going to affect my future career in medicine.”

With the law taking full effect on January 1, 2014, health reform is an important topic. People are asking a lot of questions about how the law will affect their jobs and insurance. Adam Benard, AMSA preceptor coordinator, said this event will help individuals in the Weber/Davis area understand what is changing when it comes to their medical coverage. 

Since January, UHPP has made more than 70 “Health Reform 101” presentations to 3,000 people across the state — including to the Utah Department of Health, the University of Utah, provider conferences and libraries.

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Jason Fritzler, Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Faculty Advisor for the Ezekiel R. Dumke Family Pre-Medical Professional Programs
801-626-7758 ·

Jason Stevenson, Education and Communications Director at the Utah Health Policy Project
617-290-8188 ·

Jason Davis, president of the WSU Chapter of the American Medical Student Association (Pre-Med Club)
801-660-0465 ·


Mandie Barnes, University Communications
801-626-7948 •