John Stephen to Speak on Health Care Issues and Potential Reform

The Bedford Republican Committee will host a town hall meeting on health care on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 7:30 PM on the Second floor of the Bedford Town Hall.


John Stephen, former New Hampshire Commissioner of Health and Human Services will address the topic of Health Care Issues and Potential Reforms.


"John will comment upon strengths and weaknesses of our current system, legislative action being considered by the Administration and Congress, and options for improving our health care system. Audience questions will be addressed." said Ray Chadwick, Chairman of the Bedford Republican Committee


As head of Health and Human Services, John oversaw a $1.8 billion a year agency, and was directly responsible for overseeing the divisions of juvenile justice, children youth and families, family assistance, child support and enforcement, Medicaid services, mental health and substance abuse services and public health. John championed GraniteCare, a nationally recognized Medicaid reform effort, which, among other things, focused on rebalancing the long term care program, providing greater care coordination for Medicaid recipients, transforming the acute care benefit to one that focuses on prevention and wellness, and allowing for more competitive purchasing strategies.


"With all of the commentary regarding changing the health care system, we suspect the voters will be interested to hear from someone like John Stephen, who has real experience in managing and reforming the delivery of health care services at the State level," said Chadwick. "We're fortunate to be able to offer the opportunity to hear John's perspective."


John has recently worked with Rhode Island Governor Don Cacieri to reform that states health care program, saving over $388 million. He also provided consultation for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in his efforts to bring reform to that State's program.


The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM on Monday, September 14, 2009 on the Second floor of the Bedford Town Hall.