Associated Industries announces dates for its 2013 “Health Care Affordability Summit”

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Last week, Associated Industries of Florida hosted its annual conference, where Representative Denise Grimsley, Harris Rosen, president and COO of Rosen Hotels; and Craig Kurtzweil, national director of Consumer Analytics and Solutions of United Healthcare, participated in a health care panel discussion, setting the tone for future debates and discussions regarding the State of Florida’s health care system.

At the annual conference, AIF also announced the dates for its 2013 “Health Care Affordability Summit.”  The summit, which will take place in Tampa, January 9-10, 2013, will lay the policy groundwork for Florida to manage the many challenges associated with health care issues and establish potential health care modernization proposals for state leaders and health care stakeholders.

“AIF was thrilled to, once again, host our annual conference with outstanding panel participants, including Representative Grimsley and corporate leaders who discussed the many challenges and opportunities our state faces when considering the health of our citizens,” said Tom Feeney, AIF president and CEO.  “We were also excited to announce to our members and esteemed guests the dates of the upcoming 2013 ‘Health Care Affordability Summit’ as AIF strongly believes the time for planning the future of Florida health care is now.”

“Florida must begin the process of considering market based alternatives to address issues revolving around access, cost and quality of health care for Floridians.  These issues affect Florida businesses and millions of our state’s citizens and the Florida Health Care Affordability Summit will be paramount to that goal,” continued Feeney.

AIF’s Health Care Affordability Summit will bring some of the biggest players in health care to the table – from health plans, hospital executives and health care providers, some of Florida’s biggest employers and both state and federal officials – in order to discuss the cost-drivers in Florida’s health care system and ways to ease the financial burden on Florida’s businesses and employers, while also discussing the need for affordable, quality health care.

“The bottom line is that Florida desperately needs to develop a public policy strategy that can be implemented during the 2013 Legislative Session and beyond, and AIF wants to start that conversation now,” concluded Feeney.

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