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Los Angeles, CA ? Wednesday, February 14, 2007 ? The Honorable Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary, US Department of Health & Human Services will describe his initiative of value driven health care to Town Hall Los Angeles on February 20, 2007, at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy. Leavitt's appearance provides Angelenos the opportunity to become familiar with the administration's policies on health care.


In a recent article in the Washington Post Leavitt wrote, "There are many ways the administration and Congress can work together to make health care more affordable and accessible. But undermining the Medicare prescription drug benefit, which has improved the lives and health of millions of seniors and people with disabilities, is not one of them."


Leavitt was sworn in as the 20th Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services on January 26, 2005. Prior to his current position, Leavitt served as head of the US Environmental Protection Agency and was a three-term governor of Utah.


Leavitt outlined the challenges facing President Bush's new health care proposal adding that the current approach "is not a very efficient system. There is a better way to deal with this. And our desire is to have a discussion in each state on how best to deal with charity care. We need a charity care system."


In 2006, Town Hall continued its historical focus on health care. In October, Larry Glasscock, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, WellPoint, Inc. discussed advances in health care management. In December, The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson, former HHS Secretary, spoke on the impact of emerging technologies on health care.


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When: Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 8:00 AM Breakfast, 8:00-9:30 AM Address, Q&A


Where: National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA? 90012


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