Citizens' Health Care Working Group

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The Citizens' Health Care Working Group was created by Congress as "part of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, which became Public Law 108-173, Sec. 1014. [1]

"Congress created the task force when it established a drug benefit for Medicare beneficiaries." [2]

The fourteen Working Group members were selected in February 2005 by Comptroller General of the United States David M. Walker. "By law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) served as the 15th member." [3]


Hearings and Community Meetings

The Working Group was "to hold hearings and community meetings across the country on health care coverage and cost issues." [4]


"The Working Group asked citizens to give their answers to four vital questions: [5]

  • What health care benefits and services should be provided?
  • How does the American public want health care delivered?
  • How should health care coverage be financed?
  • What trade-offs are the American public willing to make in either benefits or financing to ensure access to affordable, high-quality health care coverage and services?


In October 2005, the Working Group issued the 'Health Report to the American People'. The report was updated in September 2006.


Interim recommendations were released by the Working Group on June 2, 2006. As required, on September 29, 2006, the Working Group submitted its Final Recommendations to Congress and President George W. Bush within two years from the February 2005 appointments. [6]

Working Group Members

Selected Members of Working Group

Links to profiles for Working Group members are here.

Working Group Staff

A list of Working Group Staff and Partners is found here.

Contractors and Consultants

  • Contractors
  • Consultants

Supporting Organizations

Organizations who supported the Working Group in its task are cited here.

Legislative Sponsors

The following are cited as legislative sponsors here.

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

Local and State Officials

  • Montana Lt. Governor John Bohlinger (R)
  • Sioux Falls, S.D. Mayor Dave Munson
  • Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Contact Information


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