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New Grassroots Community Creates Action to Jumpstart Improvement in the U.S. Health Care System

ChangeNow4Health to Serve As Forum to Identify Challenges and Incubate Solutions


Tuesday, November 13, 2007 3:17 pm EST


Public Company Information:



Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM):

Who:   Health benefits company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), Availity, Business Health Care Group and nationally recognized health care consultant, Dr. Jacque Sokolov.

A news conference to introduce ChangeNow4Health, a broad, open, online, grassroots community committed to improving health care through immediate action. Developed to bring like-minded, solution-oriented people together to help make a difference and take on the U.S. health care crisis, ChangeNow4Health is a unique approach to change, where anyone is welcome to share insights and ideas and work toward implementing realistic solutions.

In addition to a walk-through of ChangeNow4Health and its online communities, the event will include presentations from:
-- Mike McCallister, President and Chief Executive Officer, Humana - ChangeNow4Health: What, Why and How
-- Julie Klapstein, Chief Executive Officer, Availity - Simplifying Health Care: Challenges and Solutions
-- Dianne Kiehl, Executive Director, Business Health Care Group - Collaboration: Key to Improving the Health Care System
-- Jacque Sokolov, M.D. - Chairman, SSB Solutions - The Consumer: Centerpiece of the Future Health Care Environment
Why: According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, total spending on health care in the United States now totals $2.2 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office notes that health care spending currently accounts for 16 percent of the gross domestic product, but is projected to reach 20 percent by 2016. However, despite spending more per capita on health care than any other nation, the U.S. still ranks near the worst of industrialized countries in the health outcomes of its citizens. And while there is much debate and discussion around health care, what we need is action...now
When: Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Grand Hyatt - Chrysler Ballroom
109 E. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
How: This event is FREE to the public. Anyone interested in attending should arrive at Grand Hyatt before 10 a.m. No RSVP or tickets are required.


Humana Inc.
Dick Brown, 502-314-4164