[act-ma] Health Care Reform in 2009: Massachusetts Reform as a National Model?

Benjamin Day director at masscare.org
Thu May 21 08:09:04 PDT 2009

The Obama administration has pledged to bring forward national health
care reform this year. But what does that mean to residents of
Massachusetts ? How can we build a movement for real health care reform?

We invite you to attend the MA Teach-In on Health Care Reform to hear
the answer to these and other important questions on health. Come join
with doctors, patients, community organizations, labor groups, students,
and policy makers in a discussion and analysis of the Massachusetts
health care plan and the prospects for national health care reform.
Participants will provide a variety of perspectives on the potential for
quality, affordable health care for everyone. The event is free, and
open to the public.

Date:  Saturday May 30th, 2009
Time:  9:00-3:00
Location:  TMEC Walter Amphitheater
                      260 Longwood Ave
                      Longwood Medical Area, Boston

1.  Registration & Coffee

2.  Welcome

3.  Opening Plenary:  Massachusetts Health Care Reform Law and Lessons
for National Health Care Reform

The opening plenary will discuss the effects of the Massachusetts reform
on the quality and accessibility of health care for state residents, and
the role individual mandates may play in a national reform plan.


     * Dr. Nancy Norman, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Boston Public
Health Commission

     * Peter Knowlton, President, President, UE District 2
     * Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, PNHP
     * Jarrett Barrios, Executive Director, Blue Cross/Blue Shield

4.  Workshops/ Break-Out Groups

The workshops provide an opportunity to listen and discuss specific
health care needs within our communities, locally and internationally.

     * Alex Brown, Communications Workers
     * Russ Davis , Massachusetts Jobs With Justice
     * Sandy Eaton, Mass Nurses Association

     * Aaron Marden, Tufts University
     * Lorie Miller, Simmons College School of Nursing
     * Iyah Romm, American Medical Student Association

Health Care Disparities

     * Dr. Nancy Norman, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Boston Public
Health Commission
     * Judy Norsigian, Our Bodies Our Selves
     * Elmer Freeman, CCHER (Invited)

Safety Net
     * Joan Hill, Mass Senior Action
     * Paulo Pinto , Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (Invited)

  Health Care for America Now!
     * Joy Depina, Health Care for America Now!
     * Cynthia Ward, Executive Director, Northeast Action

  5.  Lunch

  Lunch provided, donations welcome.

6.  Closing Plenary: Prospects for National Health Reform

  The closing plenary will discuss the challenges facing national health
care reform, the potential for a public option, and the lessons of
Massachusetts .


     * Bill Walczak, Executive Director, Codman Square Health Center


     * Dr. Marcia Angell
     * Margarida Jorge, National Field Director, Health Care for America
     * Carol Pryor, Access Project
     * Rob Restuccia, Executive Director, Community Catalyst
     * John McDonough (Invited)

This event is sponsored by MA Jobs with Justice, Mass-Care and Health
Care for America NOW!

To register for the event, click here to visit MA Jobs With Justice:

For more information, contact Jake Williams at (617) 524-8778, or
jake at massjwj.net

Mass-Care: The Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care
33 Harrison Ave - 5th floor
Boston, MA 02111
Ph: 617-723-7001
Fx: 617-723-7002
Em: info at masscare.org

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