"Sierra News and Views" show information: Show #8, May 22 – "Health Care Access Issues in North Tahoe: What is our future?" | SierraSun.com

"Sierra News and Views" show information: Show #8, May 22 – "Health Care Access Issues in North Tahoe: What is our future?"

The May 22 “Sierra News and Views” television show, presented live on Channel 6 at 6 p.m., will bring together an expert panel of healthcare professionals and other experts to explain “Health Care Access” issues to stimulate a discussion about the future of healthcare here in our own community and in the national scene as well.

Panelists for the live discussion include Ric Newman, MD, local physician; Rob Eskridge, elected member of Tahoe Forest Hospital District; and Chris Spencer, RN, NP, director for local health clinic services.

In addition, other healthcare experts are expected to participate via telephone. SNAV host John R. Falk will moderate the discussion and the three panelists will also take calls and e-mails from the Channel 6 audience. Channel 6 reaches out to thousands of households in the Truckee-North Tahoe area.

“Health care access issues have become the number one political hot potato. Everyone will be affected by the volatile subject of the health care crisis,” said SNAV producer, MaryLou Sullivan.

“Our community is faced with changing insurance and provider availability-and shrinking choices. It may be time to entertain a real discussion about universal health care and a community safety net for all citizens.”

SNAV viewers have two ways to get their issues and concerns on the air. Anytime before or during the show, comments can be sent by e-mail to: sierranews@yahoo.com during the live discussion, viewers can call the SNAV Hotline at 582-1194 for on-air interaction with the panelists.

Preceding the “Health Care Access” panel discussion, SNAV commentators Maia Schneider, Truckee Mayo Ted Owens and anchor John R. Falk will cover current news stories and activities in the Truckee-North Tahoe region.

“Sierra News and Views” airs on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

The most current SNAV is shown four times a week for two weeks following the live broadcast. The rerun schedule is: Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 4:30 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m.

SNAV is produced by Sierra Public Media Corporation, a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. SPMC was formed in 2000 to be a local news, education, and entertainment source for the Truckee-North Tahoe area.

SNAV show sponsorships and donations are fully tax deductible. For more information about the Sierra News and Views show or sponsorships, contact Ricki Jepsen at 582-8999.

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