Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin to host Affordable Care Act (ACA) Forum

Agency to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with advocacy event

In keeping with their tradition of advocating for the health needs of the Black community, the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin (BHCW) will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a community forum on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The event is free and open to the public. The forum will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm at BHCW, 3020 W. Vliet Street.

The offering of this forum comes at an important time for the community as the open enrollment period for ACA begins on October 1, 2013. The ACA offers an opportunity for thousands of people to access affordable health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace (Health Exchanges).

The initial enrollment period for ACA will end March 31, 2014. Qualifying individuals who enroll through the Marketplace by December 15th can begin receiving health coverage in January 2014.

Confirmed speakers for the ACA forum include Shirley Ellis, Senior Advisor for Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Senator Lena Taylor and City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner Bevan K. Baker.

Other invited speakers include Senator Tammy Baldwin and a representative for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions after the panel.

In addition to the ACA forum, a community awards program and reception will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

To learn more about BHCW, please visit the organization’s website at and stay up-to-date with current racial health disparities information and community health events via their Facebook page.

The agency can be contacted directly at 414-933-0064.