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Health Care Reform in Context: Can We Bend the Cost Curve?


Wednesday, Nov. 4
2 p.m.
Alger Hall 110

Keynote and Panelist: ALAN SAGER, professor of health policy at and management at Boston University and director of BU’s Outside LinkHealth Reform Program.

The ultimate aim of health-care policy is good care at affordable prices. Yet, health care spending has grown much faster than the economy, driving the unsustainable costs of federal health programs, exploding state Medicaid budgets, and elevating health care to nearly one-fifth of the GNP. As a country, we have never been particularly innovative or successful in our efforts to address the rising costs.

As experts agree, controlling costs while reinventing the health care system is a pursuit that requires collaboration among all key stakeholders. Within this context, state policymakers have a unique opportunity to play a significant role in lowering costs and can function as a proving ground for new approaches and new efficiencies. With the participation of Rhode Island's own key stakeholders, this forum will explore some of the most promising approaches from both private, commercial markets and in state and public sector programs--all intended to point the way toward improved health care affordability.

Moderator: Kristen Gourlay, health reporter, Rhode Island Public Radio


  • Elizabeth Roberts, Secretary, RI Health and Human Services
  • Stephen Farrell, CEO United Healthcare of New England
  • Mark Marcantano President and COO of Women and Infants Hospital

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The event is made possible by the support of the Rhode Island College Committee on College Lectures.

This event is free and open to the public.

The American Democracy Project (ADP) began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times. Its goal is to produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities. The over 220 participating colleges and universities. RIC is the only college in the state to participate in the ADP and is considered one of the leading programs in the country for political and civic engagement, often used as the model for initiatives by other colleges.

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