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West Virginia Chamber Launches Health Care Agenda

ACCE Webmaster on Monday, October 27, 2008 at 6:24:34 pm

Earlier this month Steve Roberts, President of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, rolled out a health care agenda with ten "pragmatic recommendations" around which the chamber believes there are "opportunities for consensus and advancement."  The ten points are:

  1. Health Insurance - greater availability through tax incentives and small group pools.
  2. Electronic Medical Records
  3. Prevent Cost-Shift - funding of state health care programs should cover full cost, not shift partial costs onto private sector
  4. Personal Responsibility
  5. More Medical Education - more doctors and nurses for the state.
  6. Medical Homes - designed to promote healthy lifestyles, improve interaction between doctor and patient and use technology and care processes to coordinate health care services more timely, appropriately and cost-effectively.
  7. Community Care Clinics - resources to expand capability of community based and rural health clinics. 
  8. Oral Health Initiative - preventative dental care
  9. Worksite Wellness - network of businesses and certified wellness centers and clinic to provide specialized intervention programs to at-risk employees.
  10. End-of-life Care - more planning and better understanding of options available during severe illness.

Click HERE to read more about each item in the Chamber's Health Care Agenda.

Click HERE to for an interview with Steve Roberts about the Health Care Agenda.

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