Congressman Bobby Bright to hold health care summit at Dothan Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 26 May 2009

DOTHAN—Congressman Bobby Bright will host a health care summit on Thursday, May 28, at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

The summit will feature several state health care leaders and will address health care proposals in Congress and their impact on Alabama and the nation. The summit will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. inside Sony Hall in the Library Technology Building.

Members of the public and the media are invited to attend. For more information or to register, contact Bess Ginty at 202-225-2901 or

1:00 – 1:15 PM: Introduction by Congressman Bobby Bright and Discussion of the Path for Health Care Reform in the 111th Congress

1:15 – 1:40 PM: Overview of Health in Alabama by Dr. Donald E. Williamson, Director of the Alabama Department of Public Health

1:45 – 2:45 PM: First Panel Discussion, How Health Care Reform Will Deliver Coverage to Those That Need It
Joan Carter, Director, Alabama AARP
Cathy Caldwell, Director, Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance
Frances Kennamer, Director, Bureau of Professional & Support Services to represent Minority and Rural Health

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Second Panel Discussion, How Health Care Reform Will Impact Health Service Providers
Dr. Jorge Alsip, President, Medical Association of the State of Alabama
Michael Horsley, President and CEO, Alabama Hospital Association
Mary Hayes Finch, Executive Director, Alabama Primary Health Care Association (Community Health Centers)

4:00 – 4:45 PM: Third Panel Discussion, the Importance of Health Care to Employment, and the Economic Future of Alabama
Representative from Business Council of Alabama
David Parsons, Senior Partner, Parsons Group, LLC
Todd Skaggs, Vice President, Laws and Legislation, Alabama Association of Health Underwriters

4:45 – 5:00 PM: Closing Remarks by Congressman Bright