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Health Reform Panel To Draft Proposal

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The Citizens’ Health Care Working Group plans to start a 3-day meeting in Washington May 23.

The 15-member working group, an arm of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, was formed by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. The group is supposed to come up with strategies for changing the U.S. health care system to make health coverage available to every U.S. resident and to foster a nationwide public debate about ways to improve the health care system.

The group will be developing interim recommendations at the meeting for President Bush and Congress, according to a notice published today in the Federal Register.

Members of the public can comment on policy proposals through the working group Web site and submit written proposals of their own.

A copy of the working group meeting notice is on the Web at Document Link