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Health & Medicine Policy Research Group hosted a forum, “Health Reform and the Health Care Safety Net: Challenges and Opportunities,” on July 9 to explore the potential impact of health reform on the health care safety net nationally and in Illinois specifically.
The forum explored challenges and opportunities presented by health reform in Illinois, and examined the impact on community health centers, safety net hospitals, the health workforce, and vulnerable populations. Speakers included
*Michael McRaith, Director, Illinois Department of Insurance
*Julie Hamos, Director, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
*Claudine Swartz, Assistant Vice President for Policy, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH)
*Bill Foley, CEO, Cook County Health & Hospitals System
*Philippe Largent, VP for Government Affairs, IL Primary Healthcare Association
*Linda Murray, Chief Medical Officer, Cook County Department of Public Health, President-Elect, APHA
*Roberta Rakove, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Sinai Health System
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