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The Allegheny Conference and JHF sponsor a special topic healthcare briefing on March 28: "Extending Coverage While Managing Costs: What Pittsburgh Can Learn from Massachusetts"

March 13, 2014

(Pittsburgh – March 13, 2014) On Friday, March 28, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative are bringing together leaders in Massachusetts' healthcare reform and the Pittsburgh business community. As the result of their own health care law passed in 2006, Massachusetts has more than six years of experience with many of the same issues that Pennsylvania faces with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The program, which is open to the Pittsburgh business community, will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Duquesne Club, 325 6th Avenue, downtown.

The Allegheny Conference's Bill Flanagan will moderate a panel discussion with noted experts and business leaders Dr. Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaiken Professor of National Health Policy at Brandeis University, Chair Health Policy Commission; Rick Lord, President and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts; and Phil Edmundson, Chairman and CEO of William Gallagher Associates, Chairman of Affordable Care Today, and Chairman of the Alliance for Business Leadership.

While some are aware of the Massachusetts efforts, there is an important part of the story that is not often told – why a group of Massachusetts business leaders thought it was important to be involved in the development of the Massachusetts legislation eight years ago; how they became a critical part of the process of developing and implementing health reform in Massachusetts; what the impact of health reform has been on business in that state; and how they continue to work with a broad range of stakeholders to strategically manage the cost of care.

The briefing is made possible by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and additional staff support from Community Catalyst, a national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization.

About The Jewish Healthcare Foundation

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is a public charity that offers a unique blend of research, education, grantmaking and program management to advance the quality of clinical care and health of populations, with a focus on improving the quality, efficiency and safety of health care. JHF and its two operating arms, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) and Health Careers Futures (HCF) are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serve a national and global audience. JHF is also a founding member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). For more information, visit www.jhf.org.

Contact:
David Golebiewski
Jewish Healthcare Foundation
412-594-2553 or 412-216-6305 (mobile)
golebiewski@jhf.org

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