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Miami Business Leaders and Policy Experts Take Part in National Town Hall Meeting; Discuss Health Care Reform Priorities for the OBAMA Administration
(11/19/2008)

Names of the panelists (from left to right)

-M. Narendra Kini, MD, President and CEO, Miami Children's Hospital
-Brian E. Keeley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Baptist Health South Florida
-Randy Kammer, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
-Brian Loftus, Director of Health Industries Advisory Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Moderator: Diana Gonzalez, NBC6 Health Connection Reporter, NBC6

 Recorded Broadcast from the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
November 20, 2008
 
45 minutes

MEDIA ALERT

Miami will join a dozen other cities in a national town hall meeting to focus on health care reform and identify the health care issues of greatest concern for the new administration.  Proposals to Policy: a National Conversation on Health Care Reform is a unique effort led by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  More than 75 of Miami-area business, government and health industry leaders will participate in a live, interactive dialogue with leaders in Washington DC, followed by a local panel to discuss and debate the issues and implications of major health care reform proposals on Florida, its residents and businesses.

Key discussion topics will include:

  • Implications of major health care reform proposals for  Miami and Florida
  • The cost of the president elect’s health reform proposals and how it will affect American taxpayers
  • The impact of current economic turmoil and crisis in the financial markets on health care reform
  • The future of Medicare and Medicaid, its solvency and funding
  • Congressional support for the reauthorization of State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
  • Implications for health care organizations, including local hospitals, physicians, insurance companies

 

WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2008
  1:00 p.m. – Broadcast of the National Town Hall Meeting from Washington, DC
  1:45 p.m. – Miami Town Hall Meeting Begins

WHERE: Miami Children's Hospital
  3100 SW 62nd Avenue, Miami

Confirmed Miami event panelists include:

  • M. Narendra Kini, MD, President and CEO of Miami Children's Hospital
  • Brian E. Keeley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Baptist Health South Florida
  • Randy Kammer, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Brian Loftus, Director of Health Industries Advisory practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers

 

To RSVP to attend, please contact Cristene Martinez (305) 926-0163 or via email at Cristene.Martinez@mch.com

For more information about Proposals to Policy, go to www.childrenshospitals.net or www.mch.com.

To review PricewaterhouseCoopers' new report titled Healthcare policy in an Obama administration: Delivering on the promise of universal coverage, which looks comprehensively at the implications of the new administration’s health reform proposals, go to www.PwC.com/ObamaHealthReport.


About Miami Children's Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008 by U.S.News & World Report.

About NACHRI

The National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) is a membership organization of children’s hospitals with more than 218 members in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Italy and the United Kingdom. NACHRI promotes the health and well-being of children and their families through support of children’s hospitals and health systems that are committed to excellence in providing health care to children. It does so through education, research, health promotion and advocacy. The National Association of Children’s Hospitals’ Principles for Children’s Coverage in Health Care Reform is available at www.childrenshospitals.net.


About PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Industries Group

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Industries serves as a catalyst for change and the leading advisor to organizations across the health continuum, including payers, providers, health sciences, biotech/medical devices, pharmaceutical and employer practices in the public, private and academic sectors. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Industries’ clients include both 40 of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. and 16 of the 18 best hospitals as ranked by US News & World Report; all 20 of the world’s major pharmaceutical companies; all of the top 20 commercial payers in the U.S.; municipal, state and federal government agencies and many of the world’s preeminent medical foundations and associations. The PwC report Healthcare policy in an Obama administration: Delivering on the promise of universal coverage is available at www.PwC.com/ObamaHealthReport.

About PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com) provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders. More than 155,000 people in 153 countries across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.  "PricewaterhouseCoopers" refers to the network of member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.