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Dukakis to lead health care reform talk in Brookline on eve of ruling

Posted by Brock Parker  June 25, 2012 11:11 AM

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On the eve of the U.S. Supreme Court's expected decision on health care reform,
former Gov. Michael Dukakis will moderate a forum to discuss the law and the future of health care Wednesday.

The 17th Annual Public Health Policy Forum will be held in the Brookline Senior Center at 93 Winchester St. at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m.

Dukakis will moderate a panel of doctors, health care experts and a lawyer to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was signed into law in 2010. The law is designed to expand access to health care insurance to more than 30 million Americans. A number of states have filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the law, and the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case Thursday.

The Friends of Brookline Public Health and the Brookline Adult and Community Education Program are sponsoring the forum, which is free and open to the public.

The panel for the forum will include: Stuart Altman, the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at Brandeis University and former chairman of the congressionally legislated Prospective Payment Assessment Commission; Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Donald M. Berwick, outgoing administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; and attorney Wendy Parmet,
associate dean for academic affairs and George J. and Kathleen Waters
Matthews Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University
School of Law.

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