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A BLUEPRINT FOR WASHINGTON: UNIVERSAL STATEWIDE HEALTH INSURANCE

    A BLUEPRINT FOR WASHINGTON: UNIVERSAL STATEWIDE HEALTH INSURANCE
    SEATTLE, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- "Health insurance available to everyone in this state may actually be something more realistic than a pipe dream," said Clayton Field.  "Our aim is to discuss how realistic it is, what the costs and timetable are and, most importantly, how we set about to achieve it."
    Field, who is president of First Choice Health Network Inc., a statewide preferred provider organization (PPO), will moderate a Dec. 4 workshop for state legislators on the recommendations of the Governor's Washington Health Care Commission.  The workshop will feature a discussion by Paul Redmond, chairman of the commission and president of Washington Water Power in Spokane.  Other panelists will include state Sen. Mike Kreidler, a member of the commission; as well as Dr. Brian Goodell, executive director of Swedish Hospital Medical Center; Maria Garcia, program manager of the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association, and Pam MacEwan, health care campaign director for Washington Citizen Action.
    The panel discussion will be the opening plenary session of the annual Washington Health Legislative Conference at the Best Western Executive Inn in Fife beginning at 8:15 a.m.
    The meeting is open to the public and press.  Field said about 500 people are expected to attend the event's day-long activities. Anyone wishing to register may call the Washington Health newsletter at 206-543-3670.
    "Paul (Redmond) will be making his final public presentation about the commission's statewide plan before the beginning of the 1992 Legislative Session," Field said.  "Certainly one of the things we are most interested in is the question about the focus of the Governor's bill, also expected to be introduced early in the session. There is a great deal of urgency and confusion about the health of the state's health-care system.  We hope to be able to help clarify these issues."
    Other topics during the morning and afternoon concurrent sessions will include "financing health services," "the federal government's role in state health system reform," "ethics and rationing," "long- term care: unanswered questions" and "children's well-being."
    First Choice Health Network Inc. is the fastest-growing and third- largest preferred provider organization in the state of Washington. Governed by an independent board of directors, First Choice was formed in 1984 by six hospitals and about 700 physicians.  It now is a professionally managed network of 48 hospitals and more than 3,000 doctors or other health providers.  First Choice offers high-quality health-care benefits to 230,000 people working at about 4,000 companies throughout Washington state.
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    NOTE TO EDITORS:  The Washington Health Legislative Conference will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, beginning at 8:15 a.m. at the Best Western Executive Inn, Fife, Wash.
    /CONTACT:  Clayton Field of First Choice Health Network, 206-292-8255/ CO:  First Choice Health Network ST:  Washington IN:  HEA SU: LM-SC -- SE004 -- 5964 11/21/91 14:03 EST
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