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Working Group Hearing Index

Selected experts and citizens have given presentations to the Citizens’ Health Care Working Group at six public hearings. This list of presentations given at each hearing is provided for your convenience. To view PowerPoint slide presentations by the listed indivduals, click on the link following the entry.

See this list organized by Topic.

To read the speaker's biographical information, click on his/her name.


Arlington, Virginia (May 11-13, 2005)

(See summary for May 11, 2005).

(See summary for May 12, 2005).

(See summary for May 13, 2005).

Linda Bilheimer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “State Strategies to Expand or Maintain Health Care Coverage.” (PowerPoint slides)

Deborah Chollet, Mathematica Policy Research, "Small-Group and Individual Coverage". (PowerPoint slides)

Peter Cunningham, Center for Studying Health System Change, "The Uninsured in America". (PowerPoint slides)

Helen Darling, Washington Business Group on Health, “Private Sector Initiatives: Controlling Costs and Empowering Consumers”. (PowerPoint slides)

Rick Foster and Stephen Heffler, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, "Building the Foundation: Health Care Costs". (PowerPoint slides)
Paul Fronstin, EBRI, "Employment-Based Health Benefits Among Mid-Sized and Large Employers". (PowerPoint slides)

Jack Hoadley, Georgetown University, "Controlling Costs in Medicare". (PowerPoint slides)

John Iglehart, Project Hope, "America’s Thinning Social Contract". (PowerPoint slides)

Jennifer Jenson, Congressional Research Service, "Building the Foundation: Health Care Costs". (PowerPoint slides)

Genevieve Kenney, Urban Institute, “State Children’s Health Insurance Program, (SCHIP)”. (PowerPoint slides)

Alice Rosenblatt, WellPoint, "WellPoint". (PowerPoint slides)
Matt Salo, National Governors Assoc., "Medicaid Reform Proposal". (no slides - see hearing summary)

Bill Scanlon, Health Policy R&D, "Overview of Medicare, Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program". (PowerPoint slides)

Ken Sperling, CIGNA, "'National Health Access' Program". (PowerPoint slides)
Terry Stoller, Medimetrix, "Lessons from Community-Based Initiatives to Expand Coverage and Improve Care Delivery". (PowerPoint slides)
Anthony Tersigni, Ascension Health, "Private Initiatives to Expand Coverage". (PowerPoint slides)

Jim Verdier, Mathematica Policy Research, "Medicaid". (PowerPoint slides)


Jackson, Mississippi (June 8, 2005)

(See summary for June 8, 2005).

Dr. Janice Bacon, G.A. Carmichael Community Health Center, “Initiatives at the Community Health Care Level”. (PDF, PowerPoint slides)

Bill Croswell, Chamber Plus, Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce, "Chamber of Commerce". (No slides - see hearing summary).

Richard Dye, "The Reality of Being Uninsured". (No slides - see hearing summary).
Dr. Dan Jones, Dean and Vice Chancellor, University of Mississippi Medical Center, "Health Disparities". (No slides - see hearing summary).
Roy Mitchell, Executive Director, Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, "Health Advocate Program". (No slides - see hearing summary).

Georgia Rucker, "The Reality of Being Uninsured". (No slides - see hearing summary).
Dr. Herman Taylor, Director of the Jackson Heart Study, University of Mississippi Medical Center, "Race and Ethnicity in Health". (No slides - see hearing summary).

Primus Wheeler, Executive Director, Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, "The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation". (PowerPoint slides)


Salt Lake City, Utah (July 22, 2005)

(See summary for July 22, 2005).

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, “Health Care Quality”. (No slides - see hearing summary).

David Blitzstein, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, "Transforming the Health Insurance Delivery Business Model-A Labor Management Initiative to Manage Care and Targeting Quality". (PowerPoint slides)

Elizabeth Gilbertson, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union Welfare Fund, "Increases in Health Insurance Premiums". (PowerPoint slides)

Stanley M. Huff, M.D. Senior Medical Informaticist, Intermountain, "Health Information Technology Panel". (PowerPoint slides)

Peter Lee, Pacific Business Group on Health, "Purchaser’s Path to Promoting Higher Value in Health Care". (PowerPoint slides)

David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, “Health Budget and Spending”. (Presentation slides as PDF document)
John E. Wennberg, M.D., M.P.H., Dartmouth Medical School, "Unwarranted Variations in Health Care". (PowerPoint slides, Pt. 1) (Slides, Pt. 2)

Scott Williams, M.D., HealthInsight, "HealthInsight". (PowerPoint slides)


Houston, Texas (July 26, 2005)

(See summary for July 26, 2005).

Karl Eschbach, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, "Health Care for the Hispanic Population". (PowerPoint slides)
Adela S. Valdez, MD, Valley Baptist Health System, "Health Disparities". (PowerPoint slides)

Lanette Gonzales, Sheltering Arms, Houston, "Long Term Care- A Community Based Approach". (PowerPoint slides)
Nancy Wilson, Huffington Center on Aging, Baylor College of Medicine, "Long Term Care". (PowerPoint slides)

Marshall Bolyard, U.S. Family Health Plan, "Providing High Quality, Cost Efficient Health Care to Military Beneficiaries". (PowerPoint slides)
Paul Dennett, American Benefits Council, "Addressing the Growing Gap in Retiree Health Coverage". (PowerPoint slides)
Gerry Smolka, AARP, "Health Coverage in Retirement". (PowerPoint slides)

Rachel Gonzales-Hanson, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Development, Inc., Uvalde, "Community Health Centers Program". (no slides - see hearing summary)
Ernest R. Parisi, Administrator and Chief Executive Officer, East Texas Medical Center, Quitman, "East Texas Medical Center". (PDF document, HTML version)
Patti Patterson, Vice President for Rural and Community Health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, "Rural Texas Health Care". (PowerPoint slides)


Boston, Massachusetts (August 17, 2005)

(See summary for August 17, 2005).

Ira Byock, M.D., Director of Palliative Medicine, Dartmouth Hitchcock Center, "Dying in America: A Generation’s Crisis and Opportunity". (PowerPoint slides)

Elizabeth Childs, M.D., Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, "Department of Mental Health". (PowerPoint slides)

Nicholas Christakis, M.D., Harvard Medical School, "What Constitutes a ‘Good Death’". (no slides - see hearing summary)

Toby Fisher, Executive Director, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, "The State of Mental Health Services in Massachusetts: The Impact of Inadequate Funding". (PowerPoint slides)

Jeffrey R. Hanson, Regional Healthcare Manager, Verizon Communications, "Bridges to Excellence". (PowerPoint slides; Part 1, Part 2)

Joanne Lynn, M.D., Rand, "Defining and Reforming ‘End of Life’ Care". (PowerPoint slides)

Deborah Nelson, Ph.D., Beacon Health Strategies , "Beacon Health Strategies, LLD". (PowerPoint slides)

Trish Riley, Director, Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance, Maine, "Dirigo Health Reform, Cost Quality and Access: A System Approach". (PowerPoint slides)

Vondie Woodbury, Director, Muskegon Community Health, "Access Health, Closing the Gap Between Public and Private Health Insurance Coverage". (PowerPoint slides).


Portland, Oregon (September 23, 2005)

(See summary for September 23, 2005).

Mark Ganz, President and CEO, the Regence Group, "Shared Community in Health Care”. (no slides - see hearing summary)

Michael J. Garland, D. Sc. Rel, Oregon Health & Science University, "Oregon Health Decisions". (PowerPoint slides)

Bruce Goldberg, M.D., Oregon Office for Health Policy and Research, "Lessons Learned from the Oregon Experience". (no slides - see hearing summary)

John Kitzhaber, M.D., Center for Evidence Based Policy, Oregon Health & Science University, "Oregon Health Plan". White Paper (PDF version)

Alison S. Little, M.D., Oregon Health Services Commission, "The Work of the Health Services Commission- Prioritizing Benefits". (PowerPoint slides)

Diane Lovell, Oregon Public Employees Benefit Board, and Oregon Health and Sciences University Employee Benefits Council, "Health Services Commission". (no slides - see hearing summary)

Ellen C. Lowe, Oregon Health Services Commission, "Oregon Health Plan System". White paper (PDF version)

Marian McDonagh, Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center for the Drug Effectiveness Review Project, "Methods for Comparative Evidence Reviews". (PowerPoint slides)

John Santa, M.D., M.P.H., Center for Evidence-based Policy, Oregon Health & Sciences University, "Oregon Health". White paper (PDF version) Attachment to paper - M. Gold article (PDF only); see also related article online.

Jean I. Thorne, Oregon Public Employees’ Benefit Board, "Lessons Learned From Health Care Reform". (PowerPoint slides)


Verbatim testimony by all witnesses may be found in hearing transcripts.

Summaries of hearing presentations and Q&A sessions are also available.


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