Monday, January 6, 2014
The State Health Care Cost Containment Commission, organized by the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C. on Wed., Jan. 8 at noon to release a report on how the nation’s governors and other state leaders can transform the current health-care system into one that is more integrated, coordinated, patient-centered and cost-effective.
The news conference will be followed at 2:00 pm with a roundtable discussion on the federal vs. state roles in cost containment co-hosted by the Miller Center and U.Va.’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
The commission is co-chaired by Michael O. Leavitt, former secretary of health and human services and governor of Utah, and Bill Ritter, Jr., former governor of Colorado. Its members include health insurance, hospital, and physician group CEOs as well as representatives of the major purchasers of health care, including Medicare, Medicaid, the private sector, and consumers.
The report aims to jump start state-level action on health-care cost containment as states begin new legislative sessions.
The news conference will take place at the National Press Club, located at 529 14th Street, NW. It will be live streamed at www.millercenter.org. Media watching the live stream can tweet questions to @Miller_Center or post them at www.facebook.com/millercenter.
Commission members appearing at the news conference include:
• Gov. Michael O. Leavitt
• Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr.
• George C. Halvorson, former chairman and chief executive officer, Kaiser Permanente
• Andrew Dreyfus, president and chief executive officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
• Robert D. Reischauer, Medicare trustee and former director of the Congressional Budget Office
• Robert Restuccia, executive director, Community Catalyst
• Glenn D. Steele, Jr., MD, president and chief executive officer, Geisinger Health System
In addition to the commission members listed above, roundtable participants will include Alice Rivlin, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former director of the Office of Management and Budget; Mark McClellan, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and Joseph Antos, health care and retirement policy research scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.