Forum on New Healthcare Law’s Health Insurance Marketplace & How to Prepare

Healthcare In a Changing Landscape: Connecting Houstonians to Coverage: A Citywide Forum for Stakeholders and Consumers

View the Forum Agenda & Register Online @ www.cdftexas.org/houstonforum

Children's Defense Fund: HealthCare in a Changing Landscape

  • COSPONSORS: Children’s Defense Fund, Texas Organizing Project & Enroll America’s Get Covered America campaign.
  • WHERE: Krost Hall, University of Houston Law Center
  • WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2013, 9 AM – 4 PM
  • WHAT: Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, Texas Organizing Project, the Center for Children, Law & Policy, and Enroll America’s Get Covered America campaign will present a citywide forum for stakeholders and consumers all about upcoming opportunities to enroll in affordable healthcare coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Beginning October 1, the Health Insurance Marketplace (part of the Affordable Care Act) will finally open for business. For the first time, 3 million Texans – children and families – will have affordable healthcare options. A new day for healthcare in America is around the corner and we invite you to join the conversation.
  • AGENDA: Full agenda available here.
  • REGISTER at www.cdftexas.org/houstonforum.

Last Day of Conference Begins with Frankie Guzman’s Story

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Frankie Guzman, a Soros Fellow at the National Center for Youth Law, starts off this morning’s session with his life story of overcoming years in juvenile prison in California and later attending Berkeley and UCLA Law.  Most striking to me was the disparity in armed robbery sentences that he received as a Hispanic man (15 years) and two white women he knew (2 weeks).  Even as experienced juvenile defenders it is good to have a reminder of the potential of our young clients.  How many other young offenders could grow up to become lawyers or doctors or social workers or whatever they desire, if only given a second (or third) chance?

Later today we will hear from Professor Joseph Tulman from the University of the District of Columbia about advocating for young client’s special education needs.

At lunch Mayor Annise Parker, the mayor of Houston, will be addressing conference attendees.  So many exciting sessions this afternoon!