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PHILADELPHIA — President Obama’s reelection shores up the major provisions of the sweeping health care reform package known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But challenges remain to implementing some facets of the plan, such as expansion of Medicaid to more low-income Americans and the provision of subsidized “health care exchanges” that will enable uninsured Americans to purchase their own coverage. U.S. Representative Allyson Y. Schwartz, a leading health care reform expert and Pennsylvania’s only female congressional representative, will speak about these and other issues on Friday at the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Penn health policy experts will also be available for discussion and comment to the media.


Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Room 340
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA


Friday, November 9, 2012
12 PM to 1:30 PM


  • U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (PA’s 13th Congressional District)
  • Daniel Polsky, PhD, MPP, Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management
  • David Grande, MD, MPA, Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and Assistant Professor of Medicine

Editor’s Note: A broadcast-quality MP3 recoding will be made available to reporters immediately following the event upon request.

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