The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) has been invited to participate in the development of health care reform legislation for Senators Kennedy and Baucus, Congressmen Waxman, Rangel, and Miller and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Their respective staff will be introducing and distributing their bills starting in June for public comment. We have been asked to submit our recommendations on reforming the system for inclusion into these bills by June 1st; this gives us a narrow window of three weeks or less to prepare a document for submission to congressional staff.

The magnitude of the debate is broad; Congress is asking us for specific strategies that respond to four topics: 1) the expansion of affordable insurance coverage that impacts favorably on Latinos; 2) the expansion of primary care services, integration of preventive medicine and recommended incentives to be responsive to the Latino patient; 3) how do we improve quality via the creation of culturally competent, CLAS, and Patient-Centered Medical Home primary care services; 4) how de we reform medical education to ensure the appropriate future workforce for achieving health care reform?

I invite you and your colleagues to join the “NHMA Hispanic Provider Community Forum on Health Care Reform” on our portal: www.hispanichealth.info to share your insights and recommendations for health care reform today.

We welcome you to join one or more of the following discussion groups:

1.      Expanding Affordable Insurance Coverage for Hispanics
2.      Expanding preventive medicine oriented primary care services responsive to the Latino patient
3.      Improving quality via the creation of culturally competent, CLAS and the Patient-Centered Medical Home primary care services
4.      Reforming medical education to ensure an appropriate future workforce for achieving health care reform

We invite you to join one or more of the four discussion groups by going to   http://www.hispanichealth.info/ , and clicking on “create new account” and following the instructions.

Should you have any problems registering or logging on, please call the help desk at (212)-992-8706.

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