Oct. 8, Downtown Chicago: IABC-Chicago Panel Presentation with Ray Valek, Jim Duffett and Lindsay Resnick: The Affordable Care Act and You -- As Citizen, Consumer and Communicator

Join health care experts Jim Duffett, Lindsay Resnick and Ray Valek, ABC, at IABC-Chicago's Oct. 8 luncheon presentation about the Affordable Care Act. The event will last from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Maggiano's Chicago, 516 N. Clark St. Register at http://ow.ly/p3UUm.

With the enrollment period soon to begin for the law's effective date of Jan. 1, 2014, explore what the law means to us as citizens, consumers and communicators. There will be a Q and A at the end of the presentation.

- Jim Duffett is the executive director of the Campaign for Better Health Care for the past 25 years, an organization with a leading role in educating Illinois residents about the act and the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. A career-long consumer advocate, Jim contributed to banning door-to-door and other types of solicitation by the insurance industry for Medicaid managed care plans, ending several Medicaid discrimination practices, enacting a consumer managed care bill of rights and Illinois' ALL Kids program, passing the Health Care Justice Act, and leading the Illinois effort to pass the Affordable Care Act. He has a master's of arts degree in international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

- Lindsay Resnick is the chief marketing officer for the KBM Group: Health Services, which advises health care providers and payers about the implications of the act and how to thrive in the new health care landscape. Lindsay has held senior executive marketing roles at Gorman Health Group, Healthmarket, Radix Health Connection, and Celtic Life Insurance and early in his career worked for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has a master's degree in health administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

- Ray Valek, ABC, is the president of Valek & Co., which specializes in health care communication. He has written extensively about health care quality, safety, access and costs from the perspective of hospitals and other providers, health care associations and accreditation organizations, public health organizations, government agencies, medical device and equipment makers, health care payers, medical schools, and communities affected by health disparities. Ray has won six IABC Gold Quill Awards. He has bachelor's degrees in journalism and speech communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

@ Valek & Company 2016