With about two weeks to go before key provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in, the state Insurance Department and Commissioner Sandy Praeger are coming to Wichita on Thursday for two public meetings and a university lecture on health-care changes.
Insurance Department staff will hold informational meetings for area residents at 2 and 7 p.m. at Wichita State University’s Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. North, near the southeast corner of 29th and Oliver.
Those meetings will be to provide residents with details on how the new law could affect their health care coverage and how they can access services and — if eligible — subsidies through an online federal health exchange being set up for Kansans.
In addition, department staff will be talking about how to access information through its new website, www.insureKS.org.
Also at 7 p.m., Praeger will deliver a lecture on the changing state and national health care system in the CAC Theatre at the university’s main campus. The lecture is being sponsored by the WSU Political Science Department.
Both the informational meetings and the lecture are open to any members of the public interested in the coming implementation of the ACA, also known as Obamacare.
Political Science Professor Mel Kahn said that because of campus construction and other events Thursday, parking could be hard to find around the CAC Theatre, which is near the 17th Street entrances on the south side of the WSU campus.
However, he said, parking shuttles will run between the Metropolitan Complex lot and locations at the main campus until 10:30 p.m.