Friday, May 15, 2009

National Health Care Reform – and Its Potential Impacts in New York

Please join us for a major forum about:

* the urgent problems in health care (escalating costs, increasing numbers of people with no coverage, disparities in access, and unsafe care),
* the increasingly intense debate about options for national health care reform, and
* the potential impacts of national reform in New York

To address these issues, the non-partisan National Coalition on Health Care has invited an extraordinary panel of experts to share their insights about how national reform could affect patients, health care providers, employers, employees, and communities in New York.


And we have invited a wide range of leaders and stakeholders – from many organizations and vantage points – to attend and participate.

The future of health care – in the United States and here in New York – could be changed fundamentally by decisions made in the next few months. The stakes – for the health and well-being of all of us, for the growth and competitiveness of our economy, and for our living standards – are enormous.

We hope that you will join us for an important, informative program -- and a vigorous debate of these issues.

Speakers will include (in alphabetical order):

* Ana Abraido-Lanza, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Socio-medical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
* David Dobbins, Chief Operating Officer, American Legacy Foundation
* Ben Geyerhahn, New York Project Director, Small Business Majority
* Sherry Glied, Ph.D., Department Chair, Health Policy and Management, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
* Mark Goldberg, Executive Vice President, National Coalition on Health Care
* Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Advocacy Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
* Lori Heim, M.D., President-Elect, American Academy of Family Physicians
* Sue Klug, Assistant in Health Benefits, Program Services, New York State United Teachers
* Joann Lamphere, Dr.P.H., Director, State Government Relations, Health and Long Term Care, AARP
* Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause/ New York
* Joel E. Miller, Senior Vice President for Operations, National Coalition on Health Care
* Margaret K. Offermann, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy National Vice President for Research, American Cancer Society
* Vivian Riefberg, Principal, McKinsey & Co.
* Anthony Shih, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Quality Officer and Vice President of Strategic Planning, IPRO
* Hugh Waters, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

The National Coalition on Health Care is the nation’s largest and most broadly representative alliance of organizations working for system-wide health care reform. Its 78 member organizations include major businesses and business associations, unions, medical societies, health and pension funds, insurers, faith organizations, patient advocacy and medical research groups, and higher education councils. Its honorary co-chairs are former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. Together, the organizations that belong to the Coalition represent – as employees, volunteers, members, and congregants – more than 150 million Americans.

The Coalition is grateful to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for its financial support of this forum.


If you have any questions about the forum, contact either Mark Goldberg ( or Joel Miller ( at the National Coalition on Health Care. We hope to see you on May 27.
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