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Today's Health Care Costs Meeting-Participants, Fact Sheet, and Letter

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2009
Below is a list of health care reform stakeholders who will meet with the President and administration officials today. Please find attached a full fact sheet and the groups’ letter to President Obama concerning reducing the growth rate of health care costs.
Meeting Participants:
George Halvorson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
Jay Gellert, President and CEO of Health Net Inc.
Thomas Priselac--President & CEO, Cedars-Sinai Health System
Rich Umbdenstock-- President & CEO, American Hospital Association (AHA)
Ken Raske--President,Greater New York Hospital Association
J. James Rohack, M.D.-- President-Elect, American Medical Association (AMA)
Rebecca Patchin, M.D.-- Chair-Elect of the AMA
Rich Deem-- Senior Vice President of the AMA
Medical Device Companies
Michael Mussallem--Chairman & CEO, Edwards Lifesciences
Steve Ubl-- President & CEO, AdvaMed
David Nexon-- Senior Executive Vice President, AdvaMed
Pharmaceutical Companies
Richard Clark--Chairman, President & CEO, Merck
Billy Tauzin—President & CEO, PhRMA
Rick Smith--Senior Vice President, PhRMA
Andy Stern, SEIU
Dennis Rivera, SEIU Health
Administration Officials:
Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the Office of Health Reform
Peter Orszag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Larry Summers, Director of the National Economic Council
Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Secretary
After the meeting, the following stakeholders will join President Obama for his remarks:
  • George Halverson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
  • J. James Rohack, M.D., President-Elect, American Medical Association
  • Richard Clark, Chairman, President & CEO, Merck
  • Michael Mussallem, Chairman & CEO, Edwards Lifesciences
  • Dennis Rivera, SEIU
  • Tom Priselac, President and CEO of Cedars- Sinai Health System