World Health Care Congress Launches ReformPlans.com to Encourage and Focus Health Care Reform Discussion

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The World Health Care Congress today announced the launch of ReformPlans.com (http://www.reformplans.com), an innovative and comprehensive web site that brings the real issues in health care reform to a broader audience.

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The U.S. health care system may be 'broken,' but it is one of the most vital parts of our economy

    ReformPlans.com offers a convenient way to instantly see where presidential candidates align, or don't, with leading stakeholders in the push to reform U.S. health care. It also features news, opinion, and analysis, aimed at expanding and deepening the dialogue about health care reform. The site will be particularly useful to employers - large or small - who are major stakeholders in health care reform.

"Health care reform is a growing priority because of its effects on the economy. It's a key issue in the presidential race, and this seemed the perfect time to get this important information in front of the public and their leaders, who may be asked to implement some of the proposals," said Malorye Allison, ReformPlans.com editor-in-chief. "ReformPlans.com lets visitors stay on top of this fast moving field, following not just the candidate's positions, but how health care reform experiments are unfolding in various states and how other countries are tackling the problem."

The site facilitates a broad discussion, by all stakeholders, of the issues through an outline of various health care reform proposals as well as their impact on the health care system. It also features a unique Plan Comparison Grid, which compares the proposals of leading presidential candidates - Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, and John McCain - with those of key health care stakeholders, including consumer groups and companies of all sizes.

ReformPlans.com looks at all proposals currently "in play" and how each specific change would impact different segments of the health care industry, employers, and the public.

"The U.S. health care system may be 'broken,' but it is one of the most vital parts of our economy," said Allison. "Any change is going to have a ripple effect, just the way managed care has had. For employers, those implications are particularly complex. By tracking key developments and encouraging more dialogue among a broader number of people, we hope to bring the discussion where it belongs - around the issues."

ReformPlans.com draws on interviews from dozens of interested organizations as well as news and analysis from key media. The site also includes summaries of every leading plan, issue briefs that describe the arguments and allow site visitors to comment, a glossary of terms, opinions from leading experts, and helpful references.

About World Health Care Congress and ReformPlans.com:

The World Health Care Congress hosts an annual conference that convenes health care, government and corporate leaders under one roof to facilitate cutting-edge dialogue on the core issues around health care reform and real strategies to achieve it. For more information, visit http://www.whcc2008.com and http://www.reformplans.com.

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