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National Lessons from State Health Reform: The Massachusetts Case Study
Date:2/24/2009

Congress to hear from expert panel WEDNESDAY, 2 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ --

    What   A Congressional forum organized by the Leadership Conference for
           Guaranteed Healthcare. In the last two decades more than a half
           dozen state health reform acts have attempted to provide universal
           healthcare coverage. Critical analysis of these models is highly
           significant to the national reform debate. The February 25 forum
           will consider the most recent state healthcare overhaul this
           country has seen. What can we learn from Massachusetts and is it a
           model for national health policy?

           The "Massachusetts model" includes many of the policy features
           currently being considered in national healthcare reform,
           including individual mandates, subsidized private insurance for
           low-income individuals, employer "play or pay" provisions, and the
           creation of an insurance exchange designed to promote competition
           and encourage insurers to offer adequate and affordable coverage.
           AFL-CIO President John Sweeney (4/15/06) put it this way: "Who
           would have thought that Massachusetts the Newt Gingrich playbook
           for healthcare reform?  Forcing uninsured workers to purchase
           healthcare coverage or face higher taxes and fines is the
           cornerstone of Mr. Gingrich's healthcare reform proposals.  And it
           is unconscionable that Massachusetts has adopted this misguided
           individual mandate."

           In order to provide a multifaceted view of the Massachusetts
           reform, the forum will follow the format of a congressional
           hearing. Rep. Eric Massa [NY-29] will chair the forum. Panelists
           will present testimony, followed by questions from members of
           Congress, staff, and the public.

    Who    David Himmelstein, MD, Cambridge Hospital physician, associate
           professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School
           Sandy Eaton, RN, Massachusetts Nurses Association
           Jamie Eldridge, Massachusetts state senator
           Peter Knowlton, president, United Electrical Workers Northeast
           Region
           Mary Ford, former mayor of Northampton and human services manager
           Robert Gaw, president, National Association of Socially
           Responsible Organizations, health benefits administrator
           Arthur MacEwan, Ph.D., professor of economics, University of
           Massachusetts, Boston

    When   2:00 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

    Where  2226 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC


The Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare is a coalition of doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers; labor unions; nonprofit agencies; reform advocates and faith-based organizations working to achieve guaranteed comprehensive, high quality, and affordable healthcare coverage for everyone. The coalition specifically advocates for a publicly funded and privately delivered national healthcare system structured around a single-payer financing mechanism.


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