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Meeting of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group

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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 (Working Group) mandated by section 1014 of the Medicare Modernization Act.


A business meeting of the Working Group will be held on Wednesday September 13, 2006 and Thursday September 14, 2006. On September 13, the session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. On September 14, the session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.


The meeting will take place at the conference room of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. The office is located at 1775 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006. The main receptionist area is located on the 7th floor; the conference room is coated on the 11th floor. The meeting is open to the public.

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Caroline Taplin, Citizens' Health Care Working Group, at (301) 443-1514 or 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, 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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Section 1014 of Pub. L. 108-173, (known as the Medicare Modernization Act) directs the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), acting through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, to establish a Citizens' Health Care Working Group (Working 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 Secretary of HHS is designated as a member by statute. 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 meeting on September 13 and September 14, will be devoted to ongoing Working Group business. The principal topic to be addressed will be completing work on the Working Group's final recommendations and planning for their release later in September. Interim recommendations were posted on the Working Group's Web site on June 2, 2006. The comment period for the interim recommendations ended August 31, 2006 and the target date for release of final recommendations is September 26, 2006.

Submission of Written Information

To fulfill its charge described above, the Working Group has been conducting a public dialogue on health care in America through public meetings held across the country and through comments received on its Web site. The Working Group invites members of the public to the Web site to be part of that dialogue and encourages comments on the interim recommendations.

Further, the Working Group will accept written submissions for consideration 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 at this meeting should submit information electronically to

This notice is published less than 15 days in advance of the meeting date due to logistical difficulties.

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Dated: August 30, 2006.

Carolyn M. Clancy,


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[FR Doc. 06-7478 Filed 9-6-06; 8:45 am]