Roberts to Announce Legislative Package on Health Care

Elizabeth Roberts is poised to present her legislative action plan for health care in Rhode Island:

Roberts to release bold, comprehensive health care reform package that will transform Rhode Island’s health care system by putting in place a strong, new structure to lower health care costs and ensure that all Rhode Islanders have access to affordable high quality health care

PROVIDENCE—Lt. Gov. Roberts will be joined by legislative leaders, as well as small business owners and other stakeholders, tomorrow Tuesday, February 12th at 2:00 p.m. to release the Rhode Island Healthy Reform Act of 2008, her comprehensive health care reform package. Roberts’ bold series of eight bills would transform Rhode Island’s health care system by putting in place a strong, new structure to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have access to affordable high quality health care with mechanisms to slow the ballooning costs of health care.

Roberts’ legislative package comes as the culmination of nine meetings of Mission: Healthy RI, the advisory work group that Roberts asked to work alongside her as she moved the state toward a plan to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have access to the highest quality health care at a cost they can afford. Participants in Mission: Healthy RI, who represented a broad array from Rhode Island’s public and private sectors, gathered together over the course of three months to closely study the specific issues that surround the complicated process of comprehensive health care reform. Noted guests included Dr. David Cutler, Dean of Social Sciences at Harvard University, and Dr. John McDonough, executive director of Health Care for All in Massachusetts and former Rhode Island Director of Human Services Christie Ferguson.

Who: Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts

What: Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts to Launch Legislative Action Phase of Mission: Healthy RI

When: Tomorrow- Tuesday, February 12, 2008
2:00 p.m.

Where: State Room
State House