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Be Public Live Event: "What’s Next: Health Care In the Valley After The Affordable Care Act"

On Thursday March 23rd 2017, Valley Public Radio hosted the first community forum in its new event series "Be Public: Live" in the station's Barmann Chaney Performance Studio. The event focused on the future of health care in the valley - how much the local system has changed since the Affordable Care Act became law and what is at stake as changes to the system are being debated in Congress. FM89's public policy reporter Jeffrey Hess was joined by a panel of three local health care leaders: Aldo de la Torre, Senior VP of Managed Care, Community Hospitals of Central California; Ruben Chavez, CAO for Clinica Sierra Vista, Fresno; and Norma Forbes, Executive Director, Fresno Healthy Communities Access Partners. 

Jeffrey Hess is a reporter and Morning Edition news host for Valley Public Radio. Jeffrey was born and raised in a small town in rural southeast Ohio. After graduating from Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio with a communications degree, Jeffrey embarked on a radio career. After brief stops at stations in Ohio and Texas, and not so brief stops in Florida and Mississippi, Jeffrey and his new wife Shivon are happy to be part Valley Public Radio.