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Affordable Care Act Webinar July 12, 2012

Join us on Thursday, July 12, 2012
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MST)

This webinar will include an overview of the new health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, and highlight those sections of the law that are especially helpful for children and families. The Affordable Care Act Increases access to necessary preventative services to help keep children and families healthy. This session will describe the new protections for health insurance consumers, and provisions to lower costs and improve care. This is a repeat from the March 8 session due to technical difficulties we had during that session

System Requirements:

The webinar will use ADOBE®CONNECT™ web conferencing system. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat and Acrobat Connect are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.  

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To Join the Webinar:

  1. Click the following link to join: .  This link should not be shared with others; it is unique to you.   
  2. Enter as a Guest.  Type your e-mail in the space for “Type your name”.   
  3. Click on Enter Room   
  4. The webinar will use Voice-over-IP (VoIP) audio, which means that you will hear the meeting audio through your computer speakers  (or headset), not your phone line.

Agenda: (All times MST)

2:00 PM to 2:10 PM – Welcome and Introductions

Cherri Pruitt, Maternal and Child Health Regional Consultant, US Health Resources and Services Administration, Region VIII

2:10 PM to 2:30 PM – Overview of the Affordable Care Act, the new health reform law


 Watland, Special Assistant in the Office of the Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Region VIII

2:30 PM to 2:50PM – The Promise of Prevention


 Zachary Taylor, M.D., M.S., Regional Health Administrator, Region VIII, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2:50 PM to 3:10 PM – What You Need to Know About Behavioral Health and the ACA


 Smith, PhD, Regional Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Region VIII, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

3:10 PM to 3:20 PM – Tour of



3:20 PM to 3:30 PM – Q & A, Events, and Resources

Facilitator:Cherri Pruitt

Speaker’s Bios:

Dr. Charles Smith is the US DHHS Region VIII Regional Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.   Prior to accepting the position of SAMHSA Regional Administrator, Dr. Smith served as the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health, Colorado Department of Human Services and Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for the State of Colorado. Dr. Smith managed Community Mental Health Services for the Colorado Department of Corrections, Division of Parole, Community Corrections, and Youth Offender Services, as well as directed mental health, substance abuse, and sex offender treatment services for three State prison facilities. Dr. Smith holds a Bachelors of Science degree Allegheny College, a Masters of Arts degree from New York University, a Doctoral degree from the University of Denver. Dr. Smith is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado at Denver and is a recognized national speaker and recipient of several honors and recognitions.

Dr. Zachary Taylor is the Regional Health Administrator in Region VIII, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services.  Dr. Taylor is a Captain in the United States Public Health Service and during his 24 years of service has served with the Indian Health Service, the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Dr. Taylor is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and received post-graduate training at the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland.  Dr. Taylor is board certified in Preventive Medicine.

Ezra Watland serves as a Special Assistant in the office of the Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region VIII. In this capacity Ezra supports the efforts of Regional Director Marguerite Salazar and works closely with the entire HHS Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) team to carry out its mission. The IEA team’s efforts center around working with state, county and community groups to educate and assist in efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act and other HHS initiatives. Ezra has spent his entire professional life in Colorado in both governmental and nongovernmental positions. Prior to joining HHS, Ezra spent time working for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Colorado State Legislature, and in campaign roles that range from fundraising for a State Treasurer’s race to Advance work during the 2008 Presidential election. Ezra holds a BA in History/Government from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO.