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More on President Obama's New England Health Care Summit

As we reported last week, Governors Patrick and Douglas are co-leading one of five regional health care forums that will follow the health care summit in Washington, D.C. last week. Here's a statement from Becky Deusser, a spokeswoman for Governor Patrick:

"The availability and affordability of health care is a serious issue facing millions of Americans, and Governor Patrick supports President Obama’s effort to engage all of us in the conversation to help define both problems and solutions within the health care system. Successful health care reform in Massachusetts has become a national model – with more than 98 percent of residents covered by health insurance. The Governor looks forward to joining the discussion on how best to make quality health care available to all Americans, while containing skyrocketing costs."

And here are some details:

The forum is at the Davis Center at the University of Vermont in Burlington on Tuesday, the 17th, from 1-2:30pm.

Governors Patrick and Douglas will be joined by the White House health reform director Nancy-Ann DeParle. President Obama will send a videotaped message. Each of the presenters will say something and then they'll lead a discussion about the best ways to expand health care access and lower costs. I have not seen a list of invited guests and am not sure if you need an invitation to attend. I'll post more details when I get them.

Martha Bebinger

This program aired on March 11, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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