Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.
Notice of public meeting.
In accordance with section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group (the Working Group) mandated by section 1014 of the Medicare Modernization Act.
A business meeting of the Working Group will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2006 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, March 3, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This meeting will take place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, 404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90071. The meeting is open to the public.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Caroline Taplin, Citizens' Health Care Working Group, at (301) 443-1514 or email@example.com. If sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodation for a disability is needed, please contact Mr. Donald L. Inniss, Director, Chief of Equal Employment Opportunity Program, Program Support Center, on (301) 443-1444.
The agenda for this Working Group meeting will be available on the Citizens' Working Group Web site http://www.citizenshealthcare.gov. Also available at that site is a roster of Working Group members. When summaries of these meetings are completed, they will also be available on the Web site.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Section 1014 of Pub. L. 108-173, (known as the Medicare Modernization Act) directs the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), acting through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, to establish a Citizens' Health Care Working Group (Citizen Group). This statutory provision, codified at 42 U.S.C. 299 n., directs the Working Group to: (1) Identify options for changing our health care system so that every American has the ability to obtain quality, affordable health care coverage; (2) provide for a nationwide public debate about improving health care systems; and (3) submit its recommendations to the President and the Congress.
The Citizens' Health Care Working Group is composed of 15 members: the Secretary of DHHS is designated as a member by statute and the Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was directed to name the remaining 14 members whose appointments were announced on February 28, 2005.
Working Group Meeting Agenda
The Working Group business meeting on March 2nd and 3rd will be devoted to ongoing Working Group business. Topics to be addressed are expected to include: an update on progress to date with community meetings; broad concepts relating to the Working Group's recommendations and related report; and preparation for the Los Angeles community meeting, which will take place Saturday, March 4.
Submission of Written Information
The Working Group invites written submissions on those topics to be addressed at the Working Group business meeting listed above. In general, individuals or organizations wishing to provide written information for consideration by the Citizens' Health Care Working Group should submit information electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Since all electronic submissions will be posted on the Working Group Web site, separate submissions by topic will facilitate review of ideas submitted on each topic by the Working Group and the public.Start Signature
Dated: February 10, 2006.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
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