REMINDER: Business and National Health Care Reform Meeting

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<p><div align="left"><table border="0" width="100%"><tr><td><drupal-entity data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="7bdd02e2-7dc5-4334-83a6-25f64d7f61b0"></drupal-entity></div></td></tr></table><H2>Dear Colleague:</H2>Employers are the backbone of the U.S. health insurance system, but rising health costs and premiums are placing pressure on their ability to maintain this important role. The Census Bureau announced recently that the number of uninsured rose to 47 million in 2006--an increase of 2.2 million uninsured in just the past year. Just over 1.2 million of newly uninsured adults were working full time. As momentum builds in Congress and in the states for universal coverage, employers are taking a serious look at health system reform. <br><br>The Century Foundation, with the support of The Commonwealth Fund and AARP, would like to invite you to a conference, <strong>Business and National Health Care Reform,</strong> on <strong>September 14, 2007.</strong> Top executives from the business and health benefits community will discuss the renewed interest of the private sector in health care reform, the challenges to--and prospects for--continued employer-based coverage, and the strengths and weaknesses of recent proposals for universal coverage.<br><br>Speakers include <em><strong>John Arensmeyer,</strong></em> Founder and CEO, Small Business Majority, <em><strong>Bruce Bodaken,</strong></em> CEO, Blue Shield of California, <em><strong>Francois de Brantes,</strong></em> National Coordinator, Bridges to Excellence, <em><strong>Carl Camden,</strong></em> CEO, Kelly Services, <em><strong>Michael Critelli,</strong></em> Chairman and CEO, Pitney Bowes Inc., <em><strong>Helen Darling,</strong></em> President, National Business Group on Health, <em><strong>Karen Davis,</em></strong> President, The Commonwealth Fund, <em><strong>Lisa Davis,</em></strong> National Campaign Manager, Divided We Fail, AARP, <em><strong>Robert Galvin,</strong></em> M.D., Director, Global Health, General Electric Corporation, <em><strong>Richard C. Leone,</em></strong> President, The Century Foundation, <em><strong>Dallas Salisbury,</strong></em> President and CEO, EBRI, and <strong><em>Michael Widmir,</em></strong> President, Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation.<br><br>The conference will take place from <strong>8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.,</strong> at the <strong>National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC.</strong> Kindly RSVP to Laurie Ahlrich at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a&gt; or 212-452-7722.<br><br></p>