Healing Healthcare: Prescriptions for Reform

Airdate: May 19, 2011
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Share your thoughts, concerns and experiences about medical treatment, insurance, and healthcare reform.

A year after President Obama signed legislation to overhaul America’s health care system; Health Matters brings together an expanded panel from across the state to focus on our healthcare system. Where do things stand now, and what can you expect with healthcare reform? Will sweeping changes really mean access for everyone? Find out how providers, the state, business and the insurance industry are getting ready.

The Spokesman-Review's healthcare reporter John Stucke joins host Steve Becker in the search for answers.  Read John's article on WA's Health Insurance Exchange.


Guest Panelists

  • Andrew Agwunobi., Providence Health Care CEO
  • Bill Akers, Vice President and GM of E. WA Operations, Premera Blue Cross
  • Peg Hopkins, Executive Director for Community Health Association of Spokane
  • Thomas Schaaf, MD, Assistant Medical Director for Group Health Cooperative
  • Donna Steward, Association of Washington Business
  • John Stucke, reporter for The Spokesman-Review
  • Jeffery Thompson, MD, Washington State Health Care Authority
  • Dennis Barts, CEO, Valley Medical Center

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More on Healthcare Reform

Learn more about Federal Health Care Reform in this video produced
by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

healthcare reform 101

May 20, 2010 Providence Health Care sponsored "non partisan discussion of the communities future under federal health care reform". Panelists representing health care providers, doctors, public health, academia and business spoke to the complexity of the new law and the challenges in Implementation.

                 Watch Health Care Reform 101

Our Mission

This series focuses on health topics of great importance to our viewers and specific populations in our service region.
Once a month KSPS-TV produces a live call-in program addressing a specific illness and/or health concern, featuring local panelists (i.e. physicians and caregivers) who will share their experiences and expertise.

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We thank Providence Health Care for providing production funding for Health Matters.