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Health Care Reform

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Continuing to build the case for health care reform this year, the Obama Administration held its fourth White House Regional Forum on Health Care Reform on March 31 at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.  SHRM and the HR profession were represented at the Forum by North Carolina SHRM State Council Director Christine Vion-Gillespie, SPHR, Employee Relations and Compliance Manager at SAS Institute, Inc.

Governor Bev Perdue (D) talks with White House  Health Care Reform director Ann DeParle

Hosted by the states’ Governors, the Regional White House Forums on Health Care Reform are an important step in President Obama’s plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system.  The North Carolina forum brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including policy experts, business representatives, health care providers, and patient rights advocates. 

These forums afford senior Administration officials the opportunity to gather ideas from individuals on the best ways to control health care costs and expand coverage to all Americans.  Future health care forums are scheduled for Los Angeles and Vermont.  You can learn more about the forums by visiting the White House’s health care reform website at

SHRM Position:  SHRM supports the President’s goal of enacting comprehensive health care reform in the 111th Congress.  Earlier this week, the Society joined more than 175 other organizations in sending a letter to the President and Congress urging action on reforms that help lower employer health care costs. 

As the national health care reform debate unfolds, SHRM will continue to offer HR’s expertise on specific reform proposals as they arise.


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The next issue of HR Issues Update will be published on Friday, April 17, 2009.

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