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About CommonHealth

“CommonHealth” is a community blog at WBUR that tracks Massachusetts’ attempt to cover the uninsured and control health care spending. The goals are to create a broad conversation and to cover more issues and updates than we can within the daily news cycle. The blog includes daily posts from a group of contributors listed below, guest contributors, stories produced by WBUR and links to other analysis and resources.

Contributors:

JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary for Health and Human Services for Governor Deval Patrick and Chair of the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost

Bob Carey, dir., Employers Action Coalition on Health Care (EACH)

Andrew Dreyfus, VP, Health Care Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Elmer Freeman, director of the Center for Community Health, Education, Research and Service at Northeastern University and co-chairman of the Disparities Action Network

Hurmon Hamilton, senior pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church and president of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

Health Care for All staff

Roberta Herman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Interim COO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

David Himmelstein, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program

Jon Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts

Leslie Kirwan, Administration and Finance Secretary for Governor Deval Patrick and chairwoman of the board, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

Richard Lord, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts and board member, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

Massachusetts Medical Society (doctors from various specialties will participate)

Dolores Mitchell, director, Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission and board member, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

Richard Moore, Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

Lynn Nicholas, president and CEO, Massachusetts Hospital Association

James Roosevelt, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan

Eric Schultz, president and CEO, Fallon Community Health Plan

Robert Seifert, director, Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute

Harriett Stanley, House chair, Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

David Torchiana, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization

Nancy Turnbull, assistant dean, Harvard School of Public Health

Bill Walczak, CEO, Codman Square Health Center

Anya Rader Wallack, dir., Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute

Celia Wcislo, Assistant Division Director of 1199, SEIU, in Massachusetts and board member, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

Michael Widmer, president, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation

This program aired on February 28, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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Martha Bebinger covers health care and other general assignments for WBUR.

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