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Mass. Health Leaders Attend National Reform Summit

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Dozens of Massachusetts hospital, insurance, employment and health care advocacy leaders are on the road to Vermont to discuss national health reform.

The governors of Vermont and Massachusetts are co-leading today's event to highlight their states' efforts to cover the uninsured. They'll take questions and comments for about an hour and half.

Alliea Groupp, who will attend with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, says now, during an economic downturn, is the time to make sure Americans have coverage.

"We need to be able to strengthen the safety nets and one such safety net here in Massachusetts is our health reform," says Groupp. "And to be able to deliver that nationally could be a significant improvement in many people's lives."

A White House spokeswoman says these forums are a vital part of President Obama's national debate about improving the health system.

Similar events are scheduled in Iowa, North Carolina and California through the first week in April.

This program aired on March 17, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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