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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group

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AGENCY:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

ACTION:

Notice of public meeting.

SUMMARY:

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.

DATES:

A business meeting of the Working Group will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Monday, May 1, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ADDRESSES:

The meeting will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1900 Connecticut Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20009 in the Sequoia Room. The meeting is open to the public.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Caroline Taplin, Citizens' Health Care Working Group, at (301) 443-1514 or Caroline.Taplin@ahrq.hhs.gov. If sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodation for a disability is needed, please contact Mr. Donald L. Inniss, Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Program, Program Support Center, on (301) 443-1144.

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 a summary of this meeting is completed, it will also be available on the Web site.

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SUPPLEMENTARY 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 the health care system; and (3) submit its recommendations to the President and the Congress.

The Citizens' Health Care Working Group is composed of 15 members: the Start Printed Page 20108Secretary 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 April 30th and May 1st will be devoted to ongoing Working Group business. Topics to be addressed are expected to include: a summary of citizen input to date, the development of interim recommendations, and the process for obtaining public comments on these interim recommendations.

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 citizenshealth@ahrq.gov. Separate submissions by topic will facilitate review of ideas submitted on each topic by the Working Group and the public.

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Dated: April 12, 2006.

Carolyn M. Clancy,

Director.

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[FR Doc. 06-3718 Filed 4-18-06; 8:45am]

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