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California Health Industry Leaders Help Launch National CEO Coalition for Health Reform
Date:12/11/2008

the number of services they provide."

CHW and Blue Shield of California played an active role in supporting the comprehensive California healthcare reform legislation that failed to pass earlier this year. Despite the bill's defeat, California stakeholders made significant progress on important policy details that can inform the upcoming federal deliberations on similar issues.

"As long-time advocates for healthcare reform and universal coverage, we are encouraged by the ideas and energy we see in Washington today," said Dean and Bodaken in a joint statement. "We look forward to adding our insights to those of other leaders to advance the growing momentum for comprehensive reform."

About HC4HR

Founding Members

Bruce Bodaken

Chairman and CEO

Blue Shield of California

Lloyd H. Dean

President / CEO

Catholic Healthcare West

Patricia Gabow, MD

Chief Executive Officer

Denver Health

Gary Kaplan, MD

Chairman and CEO

Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle, WA)

Nicholas Wolter, MD

Chief Executive Officer

Billings Clinic

Kenneth W. Frazier

President, Global Human Health

Merck & Co. Inc.

Principles

Members of HC4HR believe in the following three principles:

1. Health reform is an urgent priority for our nation and should not be postponed.

2. Meaningful health reform entails quality, affordable health coverage for all and delivery system reform. This will require all stakeholders to move away from "business as usual."

3. A more sustainable health system will require all health care stakeholders to offer and accept changes to their business models as part of
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SOURCE Blue Shield of California; Catholic Healthcare West
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