Meeting Discusses Business Case for Healthcare Reform

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By Linda Galliher

Public option? Individual mandate? Universal coverage? The Bay Area Council, in partnership with the Committee for Economic Development, brought together the Bay Area business community to discuss the various components of the national health care debate.

Diving into the details, a panel of business leaders – Lloyd Dean, Catholic Healthcare West, Lenny Mendonca, McKinsey & Co., Greg Adams, Kaiser, and Wade Rose, Catholic Healthcare West – took pointed questions from Lynn Jimenez of KGO’s Morning News. This was a special meeting of the Council’s Healthcare Committee – and the first meeting with Greg Adams as the Committee Chair. We welcome Greg and look forward to his leadership on this important issue.

Also featured at the meeting was Ken Shachmut who gave a presentation on Safeway’s nationally recognized, innovative approach to health care – which is partially based on rewarding healthy behaviors. According to their research, 70% of healthcare costs are driven by behavior. They encourage prevention and wellness by linking healthy behaviors to financial incentives. You can download Ken’s presentation by clicking here. Thank you to all the members participated in this meeting– and if you are interested in getting involved contact Linda Galliher.

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