Congressman Adam Smith (D-09, Tacoma) will host a forum on July 2 to open a dialogue about how to ensure that every Washingtonian has access to quality health care.  With the state currently in an economic downturn, it is more important than ever to make sure that people are getting the help they need and aren’t falling through the cracks in the system.

Of the 43 million uninsured Americans, seven out of every ten have a connection to the workplace and beginning to address the problem by making employer-sponsored health coverage more affordable and more accessible makes sense.  

The forum will offer insights into ways in which small businesses in Washington can provide coverage to their employees at reasonable cost.  Tackling the problem of the large numbers of uninsured individuals in the state is one more way in which Smith is working to make sure that no matter what the economy is doing, we maintain a high quality of life for all our citizens under a fiscally responsible banner.

Speakers at the forum will include: Mike Kreidler, Washington State Insurance Commissioner, Alan Mertz of the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) and Marcia Wilcox with the Washington State Association of Health Underwriters.

Smith and his Small Business Advisory Council invited the HLC, a coalition of the nation's leading health care organizations and institutions, to share in this discussion. 

There will be a press roundtable before the forum and members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend both the press roundtable and the forum.  For further information or to speak with Smith during the day, please contact Katharine Lister at (202) 226-8454.

8:30a.m. – 9:00a.m. 
Press Roundtable
Where: Congressman Adam Smith’s office
1717 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2135, Tacoma

9:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.
Forum Addressing the Uninsured

Where: 2nd floor Jury Assembly room, Suite 2110
1717 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma