Health-care law to be debated Wednesday

“Is Obamacare the Disease or the Cure?” is the title of a debate at the University of Arizona scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 150 of the University of Arizona’s Integrated Learning Center.

Admission is free and the debate is open to the public.

The debate is scheduled to be between Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, and Dr. Keith Joiner, professor of Medicine, Cell Biology, and Health Promotion Services at the UA.

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Events to assist with Medicaid enrollment

Northwest Medical Center will hold a series of free enrollment events to assist people signing up for Medicaid or for insurance through the Health Exchange Marketplace this month and next.

A Certified Application Counselor (CAC) can offer help in navigating the insurance portal and a Health-E-Arizona assistant will be available for enrollments in Arizona’s Medicaid Program, which is known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).

The next date is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road.

Other events are scheduled for various locations on March 1, March 15, March 22, and March 29.

To set an appointment with a CAC, call 469-8625 or call 800-377-3536 for assistance with Health-E-Arizona application information.

Those attending need to bring the following items/information for Marketplace enrollment: picture ID, Social Security Number (or documents for legal immigrants) and employer and income information for every member of your household needing coverage.

Documentary features UA trauma center

Arizona Public Media will air a one-hour documentary about Southern Arizona’s only Level One Trauma Center later this month.

Filmmakers went inside the Level One Trauma Center at the University of Arizona Medical Center and followed first responders, doctors, nurses and other specialists in their struggle to save lives.

Every person involved, beginning with the 911 operator, is part of a system specifically designed to get trauma victims the best care as quickly as possible.

This documentary will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 on PBS 6, with another broadcast at 7 p.m. Friday Feb. 28.

The UA Channel will broadcast the documentary at 7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 27 and again at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.

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Contact Star medical reporter Stephanie Innes at sinnes@ or 573-4134.