SJC Hosts Health Care Lecture on Affordable Care Act

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – OCTOBER 21, 2013 – As part of an ongoing series focusing on current health care topics, St. Joseph’s College (SJC) will host a presentation on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), “Obamacare and You: Are You Eligible and How to Sign Up,” on Wednesday, October 23 from 12:40-1:30 p.m. and again from 6:30-8 p.m. in the McGann Conference Center located on the College’s Long Island Campus.

John Sardelis, Dr.P.H., associate chairman of health care management at SJC, and Stacy Villagran, program director of the facilitated enrollment program and ACA navigator manager at Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC), will co-present during the afternoon session on this topic.

“Obamacare can provide very good health care coverage at low or no premiums for many individuals who lack health insurance,” said Dr. Sardelis. “The law is complex, however, and recent technical troubles with the Exchanges have led to confusion and frustration. We will tell you who is eligible, how to figure out your premiums and other important information to help you determine if this program benefits you.”

Dr. Sardelis is founder of the SJC Healthcare Center for Outreach, Research and Education (CORE), which assists Long Islanders in addressing health disparities, providing up-to-date information on public programs, and providing speakers on topical health issues. He is a member of the audit committee for the IPRO board of directors has been elected as chairman of the finance committee for the Affinity Health Plan board of directors.

Stacy Villagran is the program director for the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council’s Facilitated Enrollment Program, a New York State Department of Health grant-funded program designed to offer eligible individuals assistance with their Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus insurance program applications. Stacy has successfully secured nearly $1 million in grant funding since she designed the program for the Hospital Council in 1999. 

This event, which is being sponsored by the Department of Health Administration at SJC, is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, contact JoAnne Petrone at or 631.687.1244.

SJC’s Long Island Campus is located at 155 W. Roe Blvd. in Patchogue. The College’s main parking entrance is on the Sunrise Highway service road just east of Waverly Avenue (Exit 52).

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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