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Talk will explore new health care law in our community

Thursday at  7 p.m. at GCC

GREENFIELD — How will new health care legislation affect the delivery and cost of health care in our community? Dr. Sarah Kemble, founder of the Community Health Center of Franklin County, will explore these issues at an informational gathering for the public on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Sloan Auditorium of Greenfield Community College’s main campus.

Kemble will talk about the economics of health care and how the federal Affordable Health Care Act will impact our health care in the future, financially and medically. Most provisions of “Obamacare” law will take effect in the coming year.

Kemble founded the Community Health Center of Franklin County, where she served for 15 years in several leadership roles. She also practiced as a primary care internist. During this period, she also served in numerous medical staff leadership roles at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, including medical staff vice president, chairwoman of the Department of Medicine, and Credentials, Peer Review and Bylaws and Rules and Regulations committees.

Kemble is a member of the medical staff at Springfield Hospital, since moving to Chester, Vt., and joining Chester Family Medicine in November 2011. She also currently serves as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at University of Vermont School of Medicine.

This event is sponsored by the Community Health Care Initiative, a group of local residents advocating for securing and enhancing medical services for Franklin County, specifically at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

“Everyone’s insurance is going up. Our role is to educate the public about this health care plan. We are presenting facts. Everybody is entitled to health care and to know what’s coming down the pike,” said Nina Thayer, member of CHCI committee.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information call 413-774-6406.

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