The second in a series of Regional White House Forums on Health Reform took place today in Burlington, Vermont. The forum was hosted by the University of Vermont and was moderated by Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont and Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, represented the Obama administration. Forum participants included doctors, patients, providers, insurers, policy experts and health care advocates of all kinds both Democrats and Republicans who discussed the urgent need to provide high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, and to curb skyrocketing health care costs that are draining our federal and state budgets, devastating families and small businesses, and undermining our long-term economic prosperity. Today s forum was a tremendous success, said Governor Douglas. The discussion was very helpful and with so many viewpoints represented, I know the White House will come away from this with many good ideas for how we build a more affordable and effective healthcare system in America. In keeping with the Obama administration s commitment to an open, inclusive, and transparent process for health reform, the forum brought together a diverse group of people to voice their concerns and ideas on reforming our health care system. Health care reform in Massachusetts has become a national model with more than 97% of residents insured in just two years, said Governor Patrick. But affordability is still a big challenge and we need payment reform and better cost containment across America to make healthcare truly available for all. Vermont, like Massachusetts, is a model for the rest of the nation, Governor Douglas continued. Our Blueprint for Health, Green Mountain Healthcare products and our Chronic Care Initiative are all programs that will help us bring down the cost of healthcare and lead healthier lives. We really appreciate the opportunity to share these programs with the rest of the country.And Nancy-Ann DeParle represented the Obama Administration. Today we continued our important national conversation on health reform, DeParle said. Exploding costs are bankrupting families and burdening businesses, dragging down state and local budgets, and piling up our national debt. The time to act is now.Regional White House Forums on Health Reform will also be held in Iowa, North Carolina, and California throughout the rest of March and early April. Anyone interested in participating in the discussion can visit www.HealthReform.gov(link is external) to submit their questions.
The Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association has announced changes to some Standing and Ad-hoc committees of the Association.Below are Chairmen and Vice Chairmen for the respective committees;1. BLACK STARS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEEGeorge Afriyie – ChairmanWilfred Osei Kwaku – Vice Chairman2. CHAN TEAM MANAGEMENT COMMITTEENii Komiete Doku – ChairmanKojo Yankah – Vice Chairman3. BLACK METEORS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEEOsei Tutu Agyemang – ChairmanKurt Okraku – Vice Chairman4. BLACK SATELLITES MANAGEMENT COMMITTEEAlhaji Sadugu – ChairmanFrank Nelson – Vice Chairman 5. BLACK STARLETS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEEKweku Eyiah – ChairmanOpoku Nti – Vice Chairman6. BLACK QUEENS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEELeanier Addy – ChairpersonSalifu Zida – Vice Chairman7. BLACK PRINCESS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEENana Benyin Eyison – ChairmanA.A. Lawal – Vice Chairman8. BLACK MAIDENS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEEAugustine Asante – ChairmanFrancis Dogbatse – Vice Chairman9. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSFred Crentsil – ChairmanFelix Ansong – Vice Chairman 10. BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR GHANAMAN SOCCER CENTRE OF EXCELLENCENana Benyin Eyison – ChairmanJ.F. Mensah – Vice Chairman11. MARKETING, SPONSORSHIP AND EVENTS MANAGEMENTFrank Nelson – ChairmanDelali Senaye – Vice Chairman12. NATIONAL JUVENILE COMMITTEEKweku Eyiah – Chairman13. WOMEN’s LEAGUE BOARDLeanier Addy – Chairperson 14. REFEREES COMMITTEENii Kormiete Doku – Chairman15. FINANCE COMMITTEEWilfred Osei Kwaku – Chairman16. F.A. CUP COMMITTEEKurt Okraku – Chairman–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports