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Rep. John Lewis Sponsors Press Call for Editors and Reporters on Health Care Policy

July 31, 2007
Press Release

Health care policy is complex and remains one of the most important issues confronting Americans, according to most national opinion surveys. This week the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Children’s Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007 (CHAMP) in an attempt to address some of these concerns. CHAMP initiates strategies to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and to strengthen Medicare.

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Health care policy is complex and remains one of the most important issues confronting Americans, according to most national opinion surveys. This week the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Children’s Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007 (CHAMP) in an attempt to address some of these concerns. CHAMP initiates strategies to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and to strengthen Medicare.

A great deal of erroneous information has been circulating suggesting that cuts to the Medicare Advantage program will hamper seniors’ ability to retain the benefits of the program. And there has been deep concern nationwide about the ability of states to continue the funding of the CHIP program, which expires on September 30 of this year. Without it millions of children will lose their access to health care. Rep. John Lewis is sponsoring a conference call to offer the press an opportunity to address their questions about Medicare, CHIP, and national health policy generally to health care policy experts and assists reporters and editors interested in developing background on this on-going issue. Invited commentators:

  • Robert Greenstein, Executive Director and Founder, Center on Budget Policy and Priorities
  • David Certner, Legislative Council and Policy Director, AARP
  • Jeanne Lambrew, Senior Fellow, Health Policy, Center for American Progress
  • Marc Steinber, Deputy Director, Health Policy, Families USA
  • Cybele Bjorklund, Staff Director, House Committee on Ways & Means

WHEN: Wednesday August 1, 2007, at 11 AM

WHAT: Press Background Briefing and Conference Call on National Health Policy

Only a limited number of reporters and editors can participate in this conference call. If you are interested in joining the call, please email brenda.jones@mail.house.gov  and indicate your interest to join the call. The call in instructions will be emailed to you at that time. Thank you.

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