Panel To Explore Meaningful Health Care Reform
By Beth Potier, Media Relations
May 2, 2007
As presidential candidates keep America’s health care
system on the front burner for the 2008 elections, three
health policy experts will speak about health care reform
in Massachusetts and how it can inform New Hampshire policies.
The panel, “Achieving Meaningful Health Care Reform:
Lessons from Massachusetts and Implications for New Hampshire,” is
Friday, May 11, noon – 2 p.m. in the Squamscott Room
at Holloway Commons.
Panelists are Michael Doonan, assistant professor at the Heller Graduate
School at Brandeis University, executive director of the Massachusetts
Health Policy Forum, and director of the Council for Health Care Economics
and Policy; Ronald Preston, affiliate professor of health management and
policy at UNH and former secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office
of Health and Human Services; and Ned Helms, director of the New Hampshire
Institute for Health Policy and Practice at UNH.
“As New Hampshire looks at health care reform, what we can learn
from Massachusetts is important, both because we share population and because
they led the nation in passing a comprehensive health insurance law,” says
Robert McGrath, panel organizer and assistant professor of health management
and policy at UNH.
One year ago, Massachusetts passed legislation that mandated individual
residents to purchase health insurance or pay a tax. McGrath notes that
panelists Doonan and Preston were directly involved with the Massachusetts
legislation, and Helms’s work has an impact on any reforms New Hampshire
The panel is free and light refreshments will be served. To register,
contact Chris Hamann before May 7 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2-2733.