Middletown Rotary Club
June 11, 2013
The meeting began at 12:15 PM with reflections shared by Patti Vasia.
Fred Hansen, East Hampton
Florecia Allex (guest of Paul Hughes), Matt Falt (guest of Laura Falt), Alice Straight and speaker Jill Zorn from the Universal Health Care Foundation.
Howard Shakner (high) and Ken Vaughan (low), both donated winnings to Amber Alert.
No King of Clubs winners.
Board Meeting tonight at 5:30 at Young's Printing
Middletown Historical Society fundraiser on 6/29, $75 tickets, contact Pat Tully
Dan Litwin has very cool Middletown Rotary hats for sale, $12
BRAYCE (Brazilian youth exchange program) fundraiser on the CT River 6/22, contact Cheryl for details
Jeff Walter; forgetfulness
Laura Falt; son's band performance, other son's graduation from freshman year
Art Meyers; welcome back Alice, wedding anniversary
Dan Litwin; Laura hired daughter
Pat Gomola; great make up opportunity in East Hampton at their race car event
Cathy Stebbins; daughter graduated from IDS
Ken Vaughan; welcome Alice, 60 new Amber Alert, recent hike, Dan's help with dictionary project
Trish Witzky-Lambert; Patti has raised over $1,000 for raffle
Cheryl Duey; welcome Alice, Chris Soulias does great job with inductions
Mario Mazzotta; son's internship, daughter's graduation, sister's surprise visit
Lisa Santangelo; missed meetings, Russell Library book sale
Lois Muraro; wonderful tall ships cruise in NYC harbor with husband, 100th unit of blood
Helene Vartelas; daughter's first week of work
Sue Murphy; for guest(s) speaker
Patti Vassia; new condo coming along, raffle update, need help with reflections
Pat Tully; (sorry, I missed it)
Laura Pederson; missed meetings, St Vincent's Soup Kitchen improvements,
Alice Straight; nice to be back (joined us 10 years ago)
Paul Hughes; guest Florecia Allex
Jill Zorn, Senior Project Officer, Universal Health Care Foundation - "Understanding the Affordable Health Care Act".
In 2006, the focus on health care reform was state by state. President Obama was the first president to successfully get a federal bill passed. There was a lot of partisan "noise". US health care is the most expensive in the world but not the best quality.
Need for a system that is fair and affordable. Issues discussed included higher cost of health insurance for women, pre-existing conditions, coverage for children on parents plan to age of 26, full coverage of preventative health care, reducing cost of using emergency rooms as routine care facilities, Medicare, small business impacts, use of brokers. Beginning October, 2013, insurance options will be offered through Access Health CT. New insurance choices will be available 2014. For more information, visit www.universalhealtct.org.
The meeting concluded at 1:30 with the Four Way Test.