Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., MBA, president and CEO of Christiana Care Health System, welcomed nearly two dozen Delaware lawmakers and state officials to a special forum on the Affordable Care Act, Oct. 22 at the Middletown Emergency Department’s conference room.
Dr. Laskowski spoke about The Christiana Care Way as well as Christiana Care’s support for the principles of the Affordable Care Act.
“Making health care accessible to our neighbors is something we do every day at Christiana Care for the patients we are privileged to serve,” Dr. Laskowski said. “Helping our most vulnerable patients get health insurance is vital to our partnership with our community.”
Christiana Care has partnered with the state through Choose Health Delaware to educate the public about the Health Insurance Marketplace. Christiana Care also is the only hospital-based health system in the region to hire marketplace guides to assist the uninsured. Ashley Dennis, one of Christiana Care’s nine marketplace guides, spoke with lawmakers about the guides’ locations and activities during the event. Dennis helps Delawareans enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, and she educates them on how to best access care to meet their health needs.
“By providing marketplace guides in this emergency department and our other locations, we are helping to guide our neighbors through this historic time of complex change,” Dr. Laskowski said.
The forum also gave several of the state lawmakers the chance to see the Middletown Emergency Department, a $34 million state-of-the-art, full-service facility that opened in April to provide more access to timely care to people who live in Middletown, Townsend and Odessa.
Sen. Bethany Hall-Long of Middletown, chair of the Senate Health & Social Services, helped organize the forum along with Delaware Department of Health & Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf.
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