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Patient Advocates From All 50 States Gather in Nation's Capitol to Meet With Lawmakers and Urge Passage of Comprehensive Health Care Reform
Date:6/24/2009

PAF Hosts Representatives in Effort to Promote Healthcare Access for All

WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patients and representatives from the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) -- a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases -- are in Washington, D.C. this week for the organization's 10th Annual Patient Congress. The gathering is aimed at addressing the needs of patients suffering from life threatening or debilitating diseases.

PAF's two-day Patient Congress allows patients, caregivers, health care professionals and non-profit patient advocacy representatives to explore the healthcare system and participate in the legislative process by meeting with their leaders in Washington and advocating for patient-centric legislation. Participants will attend educational workshops and meet with Members of Congress to help advance the national dialogue and drive solutions on improving patient access to care.

"We are excited to be in Washington meeting with legislators and providing a voice for all patients," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, CEO of PAF. "It is a sad fact that more than 93 percent of the patients we serve are insured and are still unable to access medical care. We are committed to creating programs and services that ensure no patient is turned away and that all people receive the quality care they need and deserve."

While meeting with legislators this year, Patient Congress participants will be asking their elected officials to improve access to health care services and eliminate barriers to health insurance coverage for all patients, particularly those suffering from the current economic crisis. Participants will encourage Members of Congress to enact compr
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