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Gubernatorial Candidates to Discuss Health Care at Drake Forum

October 2, 2006

CONTACT: Ann Black, AARP, 515-697-1003
Caroline Adelman, NHPC, 404-285-0749


Iowans will have the opportunity to hear the candidates for governor discuss their ideas for improving health care quality and access at a free forum and panel discussion hosted by Drake University on Wednesday, Oct. 11.


The nonpartisan event, convened by the National Health Policy Council, the National Coalition on Health Care and AARP, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in Drake's Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, 2507 University Ave. It is one of a series of similar events to be held across the country featuring key governor races.


Both Republican Congressman Jim Nussle and Democrat Secretary of State Chet Culver will discuss how they would increase access for more than 250,000 uninsured Iowans and how they plan to improve the quality and safety of long-term care in Iowa, among other issues. In addition, they will answer questions submitted by those attending the event.


Drake University President David Maxwell will open the conference. Also speaking at the forum will be Mary Mincer Hansen, director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, and Henry Simmons, president of the National Coalition on Health Care. In addition, a panel of experts on the health care industry will follow the candidates' presentations.


The event is free to the public, courtesy of Allergan Inc., the national sponsor of the event. Tickets and other event information may be obtained through the event Web site at http://www.nhpcevents.com/. News media may obtain credentials for the event through the Web site.