Larry Aldrich

Wondering how the Supreme Court’s recent decision on ObamaCare might affect Tucsonans? Get the straight story from a local expert on Oct. 15 when the Arizona Senior Academy hosts a talk by Larry Aldrich, chairman and executive director of the Arizona Business Coalition on Health.

Aldrich will discuss the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact our state and local businesses, particularly with regard to health care exchanges and Medicaid expansion.  Additionally, he’ll touch on quality issues such as hospital safety and other health care delivery challenges.

To illustrate and emphasize his points, he’ll provide background “color” from personal experience during creation and operation of the UA Health Network.  Finally, he’ll set forth some “Key Principles for Health and Health Care in Arizona” that have emerged from his experience.  These include a set of objectives for health care in Arizona to be realized by 2022.

Aldrich’s background leaves him well prepared to speak on these subjects. Last year he founded the Arizona Business Coalition on Health, essentially a group of employer-purchasers, to improve the health of individuals, the delivery of and access to coordinated care, and analysis of data concerning the quality of care being delivered.  The simple goal of this non-profit is to “fix” health care in Tucson, and then across the state. This is where Aldrich’s Key Principles come in to illuminate what the Business Coalition is focused on and how it’s proceeding.

Previously, Aldrich was president and CEO of University Physicians Healthcare, the clinical practice arm of the UA College of Medicine faculty.  He has long been and continues to be involved in local business and community issues. He serves as chairman of the Greater Tucson Economic Council, chairman of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and a board member of UniSource Energy Corp., the second largest investor-owned utility in Arizona.  Aldrich, who is also an attorney, recently began teaching a course on health policy at the UA’s James E. Rogers College of Law.   Aldrich’s law degree is from Tulane, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech.

Monday’s talk on health care will take place in the Arizona Senior Academy Building, which is located in Academy Village, an active adult community just off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Due to the increasing popularity of educational and cultural events at Academy Village, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make advance reservations.

 If You Go

What: Health care talk and Q&A with Larry Aldrich

When: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 15)

Where: Arizona Senior Academy at Academy Village, 13715 E. Langtry Lane

Admission: Free, contributions welcome.

Reservations: recommended,

Information:  647-0980.

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