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Senator George Mitchell and the Bipartisan Policy Center to Host Forum Examining Health Insurance Reform

Discussion to feature health care experts including the BPC's Leaders' Project on the State of American Health Care Co-Directors Chris Jennings and Mark McClellan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bipartisan Policy Center and Advisory Board member Senator George Mitchell will host a policy forum in support of the Leaders' Project on the State of American Health Care, titled, "Achieving High-Value Health Care: Practical Lessons for Health Insurance Reforms." This forum, the third in a series being held across the country, will feature Project Co-Directors Chris Jennings and Mark McClellan and other high-ranking health officials.

Attendance is open to the public and the press, although seating is limited. The forum will take place at the Eastland Park Hotel in Portland, Maine, on Wednesday, September 10th from 10am-1:30pm. Press set-up begins at 9am. To RSVP, please email


Senator George Mitchell and the Bipartisan Policy Center


Leaders' Project on the State of American Health Care Forum, "Achieving High-Value Health Care: Practical Lessons for Health Insurance Reforms"


Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 10am-1:30pm


The Eastland Park Hotel Ballroom, 157 High St. Portland, Maine 04101

Forum Speakers to Include:

Sen. George Mitchell, former U.S Senate Majority Leader and Bipartisan Policy Center Advisory Board Member

Kristin M. Leary, Director of Programs, Bipartisan Policy Center

Chris Jennings, Leaders' Project Co-Director, Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc.

Mark McClellan, MD, Ph.D., Leaders' Project Co-Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, The Brookings Institution

Discussion Topic One: Applying lessons Learned in Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts to the National Level

Trish Riley, Director, Maine Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance

Jon Kingdale, Ph.D., Executive Director, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

Jim Leddy, MSW, Former Vermont State Senator, and President, AARP-Vermont

Discussion Topic Two: Increasing Access to Health Coverage Through Market Reforms: Policy Options and Practical Applications

Jeanne Lambrew, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Joseph Antos, Ph.D., Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute

Bela Gorman, FSA, MAAA, Lead Consultant, Gorman Actuarial, LLC

John Bertko, FSA MAAA, Visiting Scholar, The Brookings Institution, and former Chief Actuary, Humana, Inc.

Discussion Topic Three: Improving the Quality and Value of Health Care: Links to Coverage Reform

Robert McAfee, MD, Former President, American Medical Association

William L. Caron, Jr., President and CEO, MaineHealth

David Howes, MD, President and CEO, Martin's Point Health Care

David Wennberg, MD, MPH, Chief Science and Products Officer, Health Dialog, and President and COO, Health Dialog Analytical Solutions

Edward Miller, MS, Executive Director, American Lung Association of Maine

Megan Hannan, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, The American Cancer Society of Maine


Joseph P. Ditre, Esq., Executive Director, Consumers for Affordable Health Care

John Benoit, President, Employee Benefit Solutions

Richard (Skip) White, Assistant Vice President, New England Provider Contracting, CIGNA Healthcare

Elizabeth Kilbreth, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Muskie School of Public Service

Christine Williams, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Susan Tully, Abdo, Esq., Senior Director for Northeast Government Relations, Aetna, Inc.

The BPC is honored to have the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). RWJF is working to ensure that all Americans have stable, affordable health care coverage. To learn more about the Leaders' Project on the State of American Health Care and the upcoming forum, visit:

About the Bipartisan Policy Center:

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Baker, Daschle, Dole, and Mitchell formed the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) to develop and promote solutions that can attract the public support and political momentum to achieve real progress. The BPC acts as an incubator for policy efforts that engage top political figures, advocates, academics, and business leaders in the art of principled compromise. For more information please visit our website:

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