Federal health care reform to be discussed

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By Special to the Monitor

Dick Mason will discuss the new federal health care reform at the monthly
League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Oct. 12.  at Central Avenue Grill.
The extensive menu at Central Avenue Grill gives you many choices for your entree, plus iced tea or lemonade, tax and gratuity for $15.
Mason will share information about  the federal health care reform and how the health care reform bill  will impact New Mexicans.
This will be  of special importance to senior citizens and small business owners. Topics will  include insurance options, subsidies, Medicare, Medicaid, Indian Health Services, small businesses, rural health and workforce development.
Mason advocated for federal and state health care reform since 1990. Until 2004 he worked in Massachusetts as an industrial engineer/corporate planner for four major Massachusetts-based companies.
For the last 15 years of his career, he was director of employment services for the Association for Retarded Citizens.
He has been active in political advocacy and electoral work for over 40 years.
In Massachusetts, he was chairperson and treasurer of Citizens for Participation in Political Action, a 3,000-member, multi-issue organization.
In 1995, Mason helped found the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care and was their chairperson until 2002.
After moving to New Mexico, Mason became a Board Member of the League of Women Voters of New Mexico (LWVNM) and chair of the Action Committee. In addition, he is the LWVNM representative on the Steering Committee of Health Care for All Campaign. Mason has been on the Board of the LWVCNM, as third vice president since 2006.
He is also co-chair of the Sandoval County Community Health Alliance, chair of the Legislative Committee of Health Action-New Mexico and sits on the Board of Directors of the new University of New Mexico-Sandoval Regional Medical Center.
Lunch with a Leader is open to the public. It has never been an event that required membership in the League of Women Voters.
Although you do not have to RSVP to attend, it is helpful for Central Avenue Grill to know how many people are coming so they can set up tables accordingly.
Please RSVP to Barbara Calef by e-mail at bfcalef@yahoo.com or call 662-3825 by noon, Oct. 11.