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Monday, December 11, 2017

Cartwright assembles Health Care/ACA roundtable

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by The Press in Local News

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced his new initiative to address health care in the U. S.: a roundtable of community members and leaders directly impacted by health care legislation to discuss and debate the Affordable Care Act and offer recommendations on how to improve the ACA.

“I have enlisted a number of distinguished members of our community to participate in a Health Care/ACA Roundtable group. Members of the group include medical professionals, business owners, representatives from patient advocacy groups, and insurance company professionals, and each will bring a unique perspective on the topic,” said Rep. Cartwright. “This will allow legislators to understand the issues facing the health care landscape from all angles.”

The roundtable format is meant to encourage discussion, debate, and conversation among a diverse group of professionals in order to recommend sustainable solutions to strengthen our health care system. The outcomes from the panel will be shared with other Members of Congress as part of ongoing work to reform and refine the ACA.

The roundtable was formed because health care is a complex national issue and is one of the few issues that has a direct impact on Americans young and old, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, gender, or ability. As such, setting health policy requires a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach.

“I am eager to begin the roundtable meetings early next month, and I look forward to the lively conversation that will ensue from such an accomplished and passionate group of people,” said Rep. Cartwright. “Going forward, I am optimistic about the impact advisory groups can have on our national conversation surrounding health care policy.”

Members of the Roundtable are:

Ms. Donna Barbetti, President, NEPA Dietetic Association

Mr. Eugene Bartoli, Principal and Executive Vice President, AssuredPartners Insurance – Wilkes-Barre

Dr. Matthew Berger, Director of Geriatric Psychiatry, Moses Taylor Hospital

Ms. Denise Cesare, former CEO of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Dr. Nicholas Colangelo, CEO, Clearbrook Treatment Centers

Mr. Peter Cooper, President and CEO, Lexus of Lehigh Valley

Mr. Mark Dodel, BSN, MBA, Retired RN

Dr. Robert Gan, DMD

Dr. Jonathan Hosey, Chief of Neurology, St. Luke’s University Health Network

Mr. Richard Master, Chairman and CEO, MCS Industries

Ms. Virginia Doherty McGregor, Director of McGregor Industries and Geisinger Health System and Commonwealth Medical College

Mr. Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke’s Hospital – Miners Campus

Ms. Margaret Neville, Co-owner, Acton Technologies

Dr. Madhu Rao, Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology, Geisinger Community Medical Center

Mr. William Reppy, President, Lehigh Valley Hospital – Schuylkill

Dr. Steven Scheinman, President and Dean, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Ms. Alicia Simon, MSN, CRNP, ANP-C, and Board Member of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

Mr. Drew Simpson, Council Representative, Carpenters and Joiners Local 445, Scranton

Ms. Marlee Stefanelli, Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist

Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, President and CEO, The Wright Center

Mr. Keith Wasley, President and CEO, AllOne Health

Mr. Kurt Wrobel, CFO and Chief Actuary, Geisinger Health Plan

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