Answers to your health care questions coming Dec. 15

Margarita Cambest
LOGO medical

Anyone looking to get their health care questions and concerns answered will get their chance this week.

White Rose Community Television will air a live health care panel, tackling everything from the effects of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act to the drought of supportive housing in York County.

"Knowledge is Power," a weekly show airing on WRCT, will feature local health care and community advocates for a Health Care Day of Action, said host Wanda Miller. The show will offer insight into the effects of repealing the Affordable Care Act, the role of supportive housing in helping vulnerable populations, what's lacking in local mental health care and the work done by Put People First PA.

“They’ll have a better understanding of what the issue is about,” Miller said. “It’s not just about repealing Obamacare to save money. There’s a lot more issues to this.”

Viewers also will hear the story of someone who has benefited from expanded Medicaid in Pennsylvania, putting a face on a population vulnerable to the potential repeal of the ACA.

“People automatically associate Obamacare with socialized medicine, and it’s really not about that,” Miller said. “I look at it as well, you want to ‘make America great again’ ... One of the elements we’ve lost in our society today is we don’t have that community like we used to. This is the way to start establishing that community again.”

Shari Kim, a York County psychologist with Susquehanna Valley Community Mental Health Services, will call in to offer her perspective on local mental health issues. Depression and anxiety, she says, are major public health problems in York and Adams counties.

“There’s a huge stigma on mental illness that keeps people from coming into treatment when they need to. People don’t want people to know they have a mental illness," Kim said. "There’s a lot of assumptions.”

Access to care is also an issue.

“Our agency will see people on a sliding scale for people not having insurance, but if people are underinsured, that’s the biggest problem,” Kim said.

"Knowledge Is Power" will air on WRCT Channel 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Viewers may call in to the live show while it airs.

Catch the livestream here.