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What the Election Results Mean for Health Care

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 General News J E 4
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WHAT: As we conclude the longest and most historically significant Presidential campaign in decades, the focus now turns to the policy priorities of the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress.



While the economy has become the central focus for both the new Administration and Congress, health care looms large as an area of concern for Americans. President-elect Barack Obama's campaign platform focused strongly on health reform and he has said that reforming the health care system remains one of his key policy priorities.



Health care remains an area of concern for the American people as well: An October 2008 survey by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) found that after the economy, health care is the issue that voters want to hear about most, with ties to fears about economic security.



WHO: A discussion with a national health care expert about the policy priorities of the new Administration and the new Congress, and implications for health reform.



Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; Executive Director, Emory Institute for Advanced Policy Solutions; and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy at HHS under the Clinton Administration



WHEN: Monday, November 17, 2008, 1:00-1:30pm ET



WHERE: Conference call for members of the media

(866) 551-3680

Participant code: 6665158#



The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national and state-based coalition of more than 100 patients, providers, community organizations, business, labor and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of policies and practices that save lives and reduce health costs through more effective prevention and management of chronic disease. Please visit our Web site at www.fightchronicdisease.org.



CONTACT: Anne Kott, for the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, +1-202-778-6321.



/PRNewswire-USNewswire - Nov. 17/



SOURCE Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
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