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September 11, 2008
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations (218) 726-8830
Jennifer Schultz, Director, Health Care Management Program, UMD Department of Economics (218) 726-6695

UMD To Host Panel Discussion on Minnesota Health Care Reform
September 16
Panelists Include
Legislators and Health Care Experts

University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) will host a panel discussion on "Health Care Reform in Minnesota" on Tuesday, September 16, 7 p.m., in the UMD Kirby Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the Labovitz School of Business & Economics and the Department of Economics.

In the event leading Senators, Representatives and health care experts discuss issues and answer questions on what they hope to accomplish to reform health care in Minnesota. The event offers the public an opportunity to get informed about health policy issues before going to the polls in November.

The panelists are:

  • Senator John Marty
  • Representative Tom Huntley
  • Scott Leitz (Assistant Commissioner of Health, Minnesota)
  • John Strange (President, St. Luke's Hospital)
  • Peter J. Nelson (Policy Fellow at the Center of the American Experiment)
  • Jennifer Schultz (Associate Professor of Economics, UMD)

The following topics will be discussed by the panelists:

  • What can be done to address the problems of the uninsured, underinsured and rising health care expenditures in Minnesota?
  • What is the difference between universal health insurance coverage and a single-payer system?
  • What is socialized insurance?
  • What are market-based reform ideas?
  • What leading Senators, Representatives and health care experts hope to accomplish to reform health care in Minnesota.

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