Local health care providers are teaming up with the Northwest Health Law Advocates next week for a forum to update community members on the status of the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect them.

NoHLA, a Seattle-based advocacy group that works to make health care accessible, is partnering with the League of Women Voters to hold the consumer forum at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Yakima Area Arboretum. It’s free and the public is invited.

The Affordable Care Act is set to be fully implemented Jan. 1, but several important pieces will begin rolling out in October. The forum will allow community members to learn more about the upcoming Medicaid expansion, which will provide coverage for people with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or $31,809 for a family of four. It will also discuss the establishment of a state insurance exchange, where individuals and small businesses who don’t receive insurance through an employer or spouse will be able to purchase plans.

Speaking at the event will be Janet Varon, executive director of NoHLA, and staff attorney Emily Brice. Yakima Neighborhood Health Services CEO Anita Monoian will talk about how the Medicaid expansion and the opening of the insurance exchange will affect people in Yakima County.

The event is at the Yakima Area Arboretum, 1401 Arboretum Drive in Yakima.