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June 14, 2007

MEDIA ADVISORY: Forum To Address State-Based Health Care Reform

WHAT: "Rebalancing Health Care in the Heartland: A Focus on State-Based Health Care Reform." This event is the second in a three-forum series designed to bring together health care policymakers and key decision makers to identify priorities that address health care issues of Iowans. This forum will focus on state-based health care reform. (This event requires registration for members of the public. Reporters do not need to pre-register; however, they will need to present appropriate identification for admittance.)

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2007.

WHERE: Des Moines Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Ave., Des Moines.

WHO: The following keynote speakers are scheduled to make these presentations:

--Stephen A. Schroeder, distinguished professor of health and health care at the University of California and president emeritus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Schroeder will speak at 8:20 a.m. on "State-Based Health Care Reform Around the Nation."

--Jon M. Kingsdale, executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority in Boston, will speak about "Massachusetts Health Reform" at 9 a.m. 

--Ronald E. Harr, senior vice president for government programs and public affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, will present "Cover Tennessee" at 10:45 a.m.

--Bruce W. Goldberg, director, Oregon Department of Human Services, will speak on "State Health Care Reform -- Déjà Vu All Over Again: Lessons from the Oregon Health Plan" at 1:15 p.m. 

--State Reps. Ro Foege and Linda Upmeyer and state Sens. Jack Hatch and James Seymour will take part in a panel discussion on "Health Care Reform in Iowa" at 3 p.m.

For more information and a full program of the day's speakers, visit

"Rebalancing Health Care in the Heartland" is sponsored by the University of Iowa, American Republic Insurance Company, Mercy Health Network, Northwest Area Foundation, Partnership for Better Health, and Principal Financial Group. Co-sponsors include Delta Dental of Iowa, Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa Health System, Iowa Hospital Association, Iowa Medical Society, Iowa Pharmacy Association, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Service Employees International Union, and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health, Office of Communications, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Dan McMillan, 319-335-6835,