The group is a citizen's coalition effort to shed light on both the steps taken by Congress in response to President Barack Obama's call for national legislation to reform healthcare and the healthcare crisis affecting the people of New Orleans. This forum creates the opportunity for residents to deepen their understanding of the proposed healthcare reform legislation, reflect on the broad range of healthcare issues affecting our community, and discuss their concerns and needs that are related to healthcare policy. Additionally, attendees will be asked to take a survey on current healthcare policies and proposed reforms.
Invited Panelist Senator David Heitmeier (D-Algiers) wants to maximize dollars local governments set aside to provide healthcare services to citizens in their communities in an effort to improve access to quality health care services across Louisiana. He was a proponent for Bill 51 which was passed during last Regular Session 2009. Senate Bill 51 gives the Department of Health and Hospitals the authority to accept funds from local governing bodies for the purpose of enhancing the delivery of health care services to the uninsured and Medicaid patients.
Other invited guests include Senator Mary Landrieu (D), Senator David Vitter (R), Representative Joe Cao (R), Councilman James Carter, Rev. Arthur Wadsworth, Everlyn Gastinel, and Gwen Rainey as moderator.