Scandlen to Address Hill Briefing on CDHC

Published July 7, 2009

Greg Scandlen, director of Consumers for Health Care Choices, will be one of four speakers at a Capitol Hill briefing addressing “Consumer-Driven Health: The Only Proven Way to Increase Coverage While Controlling Cost.”

The briefing, presented by The Council for Affordable Health Insurance and Consumers for Health Care Choices at The Heartland Institute, is free of charge and open to the public.

The briefing will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Thursday, July 9, in Room G-11 of the Dirksen Senate building.

Requiring physicians to rely on evidence-based medicine is all the rage in Washington these days. But there seems to be very little interest in applying the same evidence-based standard to public policy. Official Washington is ignoring the ideas and policies that have been shown to actually work.

There is a large and growing body of evidence that shows the ability of Consumer-Driven Health Care to:

  • Expand coverage by making it more affordable.
  • Reduce initial costs and ongoing cost trends.
  • Increase patient engagement and health literacy.
  • Improve patient compliance with treatment programs.
  • Enhance wellness and prevention programs.

Consumer-Driven Health Care should be an essential component of any health reforms considered by Congress.

This session will feature four presentations exploring these issues:

  • Merrill Matthews, Council for Affordable Health Insurance, moderator
  • Greg Scandlen, Consumers for Health Care Choices at The Heartland Institute, “Ten Ways Consumer-Driven Health Care is a Proven Success.”
  • Mac McCarthy, MAAA, FSA, FCA, McCarthy Actuarial Consulting, “Emerging Data on Consumer-Driven Health Plans,” report by the American Academy of Actuaries.
  • Roy Ramthun, HSA Consulting and the Council for Affordable Health Insurance, “Health Savings Accounts, Preventive Care and the Chronically Ill.”
  • William Boyles, independent publisher, “Consumer-Driven Plans Would Cut Health Reform Outlays.”

If you would like to attend please RSVP to Larry Siedlick at [email protected] or 703-836-6200, x.380.

For further information, contact Greg Scandlen at [email protected].