The University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and the UMA Senior College will present their first fall Forum on the Future at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, in Jewett Hall on the Augusta campus.

The forum, The Effect of the 2016 Elections Upon the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Social Security, will be an update of current and proposed legislation regarding the these benefits.

Speakers will include Thomas Feagin, MD, retired physician, hospice care director and an expert in medical ethics, will present a brief history of healthcare legislation. Dr. Feagin is the chairperson of the board of directors of UMASC.

Lisa Harvey-McPherson, RN, MBA, MPPM is vice president of government relations at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, and is based in Waterville. Her advocacy and health policy leadership role is to represent EMHS members at the Maine State Legislature and works closely with Maine’s Congressional delegation. She will discuss proposed and current legislation regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Ann Woloson, is a Maine Equal Justice Program policy analyst, and former executive director of Prescription Policy Choices; who also is policy writer for Maine Care, will brief the group on activities with Maine Care. Prior work includes her work as chief of staff for the Senate Majority Office where she focused principally on Healthcare, Education, Health and Human services as related to the state budget. She is a long term advocate to increase access to health care for all Maine people.

Japhet Els,outreach director of the Maine Association of Retired Persons, aggressively pursues issues that impact Mainers of 50-plus as well as their families. Prior to coming to Maine three years ago Els worked for several national Presidential campaigns as well as national non-profits. He has been heavily involved nationally in campaigns regarding climate change, political corruption and electoral reform. He will discuss Social Security proposed changes and how these benefits may be protected for years to come.

All Forums on the Future are free and open to the public. Progams are divided by a refreshment break, followed by our 4th speaker and a question and answer period.

The senior college is open to all community members age 50 or older, their spouses and partners.

For more information, call 621-3551, email [email protected], or visit

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