The roster of participants will be completed next month and is expected to consist of about 20 business and health policy leaders. The group will outline the essential framework and elements of an effective health care reform proposal, which is expected to be complete in early 2008. Upon completion of the project, the Aspen Institute will invite representatives from the presidential campaigns to take part in briefings aimed at sharing the group's conclusions.
"It's important to note that the horizon for this initiative extends beyond the presidential election," said Ganz. "We have before us a precious opportunity for real change, and any reforms must shift our culture from a control paradigm to one that is value-driven."
Created in 1995, Regence is the largest health insurer in the Pacific Northwest/Mountain State region. It includes Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield (in Washington). Through these plans, Regence provides health, life, vision, dental and long-term care insurance to nearly three million members. Regence and its Plans are not-for-profit, independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. More than one in three Americans have coverage from the Blues. For more information, visit http://www.regence.com.
About the Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit
organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded
dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership
development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek
to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The
Institute is headquartered in Washing
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