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NAACP health leader met with some local health officals

WBFO News by photo Mike Desmond

The U.S. health care system may not be ready for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act by October 1, and many potential new users may not know about potential coverage.

That's is why a leader from the NAACP visited Buffalo Thursday.

Shavon Arline-Bradley is director of health programs for the NAACP.  She met with area health officials and workers.

Arline-Bradley also delivered a at the WNED studio's Thursday evening.

Arline-Bradley says the core problem is illness.  She says  there are real concerns neither the health system nor people are ready.

"People don't even know this is available to them. They are hearing about this on the news but not necessarily knowing where to go, who to go to. The concern we also have is around the demand...there is going to be a high demand. We need more medical professionals. We need more nurses, more physician's assistant, more nurse practioners, more medical doctors that really help There will be an influx. absolutely. But, the question is: Are our states, our counties and our cities ready?", said Arline-Bradley.

Arline-Bradley noted  there are serious concerns in the health care community about public worry over people who look different from them providing care. There's also concern about the long-standing disparity between those who have health coverage and those who don't.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.