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October 1 Conference on Health Care Costs and Insurance
Date:9/16/2008

Conference speakers will address ways to moderate Maine's cost of care

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The cost of health care and health insurance in Maine will be the focus of a statewide conference on Wednesday, October 1 sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Maine Health Management Coalition. "Health Care Costs: Maine's Burning Platform -- Can We Extinguish the Fire?" will examine strategies to moderate Maine's cost of health care and health insurance.

The conference will feature keynote speeches by two national experts: Dr. Arnie Milstein, Medical Director, Pacific Business Group on Health and the National Health Care Thought Leader at Mercer Consulting will examine innovative approaches to moderate health care costs and Michael Chernew, Professor, Harvard Medical School, Dept. of Health Care Policy, will address ways that health insurance can be designed to get the best value from the policies.

A Maine-based speaker, Dr. Erik Steele, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Eastern Maine Health Systems, will open the conference with a presentation on why it is critical that Maine control health care cost increases.

More than 200 people have already registered for the conference from the business and health care provider community. Registration and conference information is available online at http://www.anthem.com/maine/conference . Registration closes on September 26. The cost to attend the conference is $25.

The morning conference will take place at the University of Southern Maine's Abromson Community Center.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Health Care Leadership Conference series examines critical health care issues facing Maine. A series of conferences over the past three years has focused on wellness and preventative strategies to improve the health of Maine people.

The October 1 conference will be of special interest to health care providers and the Maine business community, as well as public policy makers and the general public.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans of Maine, Inc., and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. (R)ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine is available at http://www.anthem.com .

About MHMC

The Maine Health Management Coalition is a non-profit organization whose over 50 members include public, private and non-profit employers, hospitals, health plans and doctors working together to measure and report healthcare quality and use this information to drive quality improvement. Currently, more than 200,000 member employees and thousands of others are benefiting from the Maine Health Management Coalition's work. For more information, visit http://www.mhmc.info .


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