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Counties to tackle health reform implementation at NACo’s Large Urban County Caucus Annual Meeting
Leaders of the nation’s largest counties to assemble in Los Angeles, June 2-4
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leaders representing the nation’s largest counties will discuss implementation of the new health reform law during the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Annual Meeting, June 2-4, in Los Angeles County, Calif.
LUCC is a bipartisan coalition of elected county officials that represents about 130 million people. The Annual Meeting gives leaders from metropolitan counties an opportunity to discuss common challenges unique to large counties.
Opening remarks will be offered by Broward County, Fla. Commissioner and LUCC Chair Ilene Lieberman and Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, 8:30-9 a.m., Thursday, June 3, at the Marriott Marina Del Rey.
“It is crucial for large counties to work together on solutions to the challenges we are facing,” Lieberman said. “There is tremendous value for us as leaders in county government to talk to one another, learn from one another, and explore everything we can to serve our residents and businesses. We are pleased to hold this meeting in Los Angeles County to discuss health reform implementation.”
During the meeting, county leaders will:
· get briefed on the latest from Washington, D.C. as the administration begins to implement the new health reform law and on what other health-related measures are before Congress that may affect health reform implementation. (9-10:30 a.m., Thursday)
· hear from Los Angeles County health department experts on their respective departments’ plans for implementation of major new provisions, such as the Medicaid expansion. (10:45 a.m.-noon, Thursday)
· hear updates on how electronic health records provisions in last year’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are being implemented across the country; what changes were made by the Affordable Care Act; and what critical amendments are currently under consideration. (10-10:45 a.m., Friday)
The full LUCC Annual Meeting agenda is available at www.urbancounties.org.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,068 counties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public's understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. For more information about NACo, visit www.naco.org.