Aug. 15 health care forum brings experts to Tupelo | Local News

TUPELO – An Aug. 15 forum will bring together heavy hitters to delve deeper into health care reform.

The event, which will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Link Centre’s reception hall, will bring together national and state experts on health law, hospitals and insurance.

“The sole goal (of the forum) is to provide more information to residents of Northeast Mississippi,” said health care attorney Dinetia Newman, who divides her time between Tupelo and Jackson and is part of a group of concerned citizens who have organized a series of forums. “This is a non-partisan event” with both Democratic and Republican elected officials on the panel.

Eric Zimmerman, president of the American Health Lawyers Association and a nationally recognized expert in Medicare payment law, will provide insight from the Capitol on the status, outlook and implications of reform efforts.

Mississippi Hospital Association President Tim Moore and retired North Mississippi Health Services executive Gerald Wages will unpack efforts to better align health care delivery and payment models.

State Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, will offer a view on Medicaid from the Mississippi Senate.

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, a Republican, and Bob Williams, director of Life and Actuarial Division of the Mississippi Insurance Department will cover the stability of the Mississippi health insurance market.

“You don’t get a chance to hear these people speaking every day in Mississippi,” Newman said.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and a reception. The event can accommodate 75 people. Organizers are asking for participants to RSVP by Tuesday by emailing

The event is sponsored by Newman’s firm, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Mississippi Healthcare Financial Management Association, Mississippi Health Advocacy Program and CATCH Kids.


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