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Healthcare providers meet to discuss exchanges

PHOENIX -- With the Oct. 1 start date for health insurance exchanges just around the corner, hospitals and healthcare providers have a lot of questions about the Affordable Care Act.

They met to talk about those questions Thursday at a seminar in Phoenix and there was a lot of anxiety over the health exchanges.

‘We're not entirely sure how this insurance model is going to change," said President of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association Greg Vigdor. "They're really looking to figure out what it is they do. That makes for great certainty, chaos and fear."

The most common question that providers had concerned their approach to working with customers in the future.

"Primarily because there's great uncertainty, as complicated as consumers are finding what's getting rolled out in terms of the Affordable Care Act, it's actually much more complicated in terms of what providers are facing as far as how to serve them best going forward."

Vigdor was said that the answer is different for every healthcare provider of them.

"It's really based upon your circumstances right now and a lot of complicated questions you're going to have to ask yourself," he said.

Vigdor said that everyone is talking about the changes that will take place on Oct. 1. He said that, in reality, things will change slowly for healthcare because of the Affordable Care Act and it will take several years to complete the change.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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