“Healthcare Reform: What’s Happening? What’s Next?”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE”, will take another hard look at Health Care in “Health Care Reform: What’s Happening? What’s Next?” This forum, the fourth of the 18th season, will be held Thursday, December 13th, from 7:00PM-8:30PM at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Joining Representative Kaufman will be Aron Boros, Executive Director of the Center for Health Information Analysis, a state agency that was formerly called the Division of Health Care Finance & Policy. The Center’s mission is to monitor the Massachusetts health care system and to provide reliable information and meaningful analysis for those seeking to improve health care quality, affordability, and access. Also taking part in the forum is Dr. Stuart Altman, a Brandeis Professor and Chair of the Health Policy Commission, a new agency established after the Commonwealth’s first-in-the-nation health care cost containment law. This new entity is charged with monitoring the reform of the Massachusetts health care delivery and payment systems in an effort to reduce overall costs and improve quality.

What is the work of the agencies? How will the cost containment legislation improve our health care system? What will this mean for the average patient? What are the next steps towards more comprehensive health care reform? What provisions of federal health care reform are being implemented and how does this affect Massachusetts residents?

Find out the answers to these questions and bring your own. Don’t miss this forum Thursday, December 13th, from 7PM-8:30PM.

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy, as the nation’s best government relations series. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington, Arlington, and Woburn.