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Sept 1 2009 event Kaiser Event Examines Health Reform Lessons From Massachusetts

As Congress and the Obama Administration debate comprehensive national health reform, it is worth remembering that the state of Massachusetts grappled with some of the same issues before passing its landmark health reform law in 2006. At 9:30 a.m. EDT on Sept. 1 the Kaiser Family Foundation will host a briefing to examine the lessons of that effort for policymakers in Washington as they work to achieve the larger and more complex goal of revamping the health care system across the United States.

The briefing, “Health Reform In Massachusetts: Lessons for the Nation,” will feature a presentation on the Massachusetts reform effort and the lessons it offers by Jon Kingsdale, executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, the public entity that oversees subsidized coverage and facilitates the selection and purchase of private insurance plans by individuals and small businesses in Massachusetts. Diane Rowland, Executive Vice-President, Kaiser Family Foundation and Executive Director, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, will moderate a panel discussion featuring Kingsdale and Massachusetts-based consumer and healthcare advocates and labor and health care industry officials, including:

  • Mike Widmer, President, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
  • Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Executive Director, Health Care for All
  • Celia Wcislo, Assistant Division Director, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East; member Connector Authority board.
  • James Mongan, M.D., President and CEO, Partners Health Care

Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET

Barbara Jordan Conference Center, Kaiser Family Foundation Offices
1330 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C. (one block west of Metro Center)

Please RSVP to Brandi Silverbook at or 202-347-5270.

For further information, please contact Chris Lee at or 202-347-5270.