Health care reform may be topic for town hall meeting

By SENTINEL STAFF

Health care reform has been a priority of President Obama during his first year in office and a hot topic in recent weeks in Congress.

Whether it will be a topic of conversation at his planned town hall meeting Aug. 15 in Grand Junction has not been revealed.

As of Friday afternoon, officials from Rocky Mountain Health Plans, St. Mary’s Hospital and Community Hospital had not been contacted by the White House, according to representatives from each business.

U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., invited Obama to Mesa County in June to see its health care systems.

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., visited Rocky Mountain Health Plans in December to introduce the Medicare Transitions Act of 2009, which encourages other delivery systems to model the patient-transition care pioneered by the Grand Junction-based health-insurance provider.

Rocky Mountain Health Plans recently was mentioned in The New Yorker magazine and Dartmouth Atlas, a study of health-care systems in the United States.


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