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HealthWell Foundation(R) Gathers Leading Health Care Stakeholders to Discuss Crisis of the Underinsured
Date:9/30/2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md. and WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, September 22, 2009, The HealthWell Foundation, one of America's largest co-payment assistance organizations, hosted a panel discussion to help draw attention to the growing crisis of the underinsured and the related challenges of reducing financial barriers to care.

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Held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, "Health Care in America: What About the Underinsured" featured a panel of highly-esteemed industry stakeholders, each representing a different perspective in the health care debate. Jonathan Cohn, Senior Editor of the New Republic and author of Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis - and the People Who Pay the Price, moderated the discussion, which presented the views of a wide range of stakeholders, from business to labor and patient to provider.

"While I used to say you're only one job loss away from financial ruin because of a medical catastrophe, now I say that you're one job loss or one diagnosis away from financial ruin," said Cohn. "And I think the good news is that this recognition has entered our policy debate."

Panelists included Stephen Finan, Senior Director of Policy for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network; Lowell Schnipper, M.D., of Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Massachusetts; David Hom, formerly of Pitney Bowes and now of Solucia Well; John McDonough, who is working with the Senate HELP Committee on heath care reform issues; and HealthWell Foundation beneficiary Virginia Pivik, a breast cancer survivor who credits her recovery to the financial assistance she received from the HealthWell Foundation. Each emphasized the dire need for a re
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