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Monday, April 11, 2011

Illinois Nonprofit Leader Appointed by President Obama to Serve on Affordable Care Act Advisory Group

As part of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama established the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. The inaugural meeting of this Advisory Group is April 12-13, 2011 in Washington DC. An agenda for the meeting can be found here.

We are proud that Barbara Otto, CEO of Chicago-based Health & Disability Advocates, will be serving as a member of this esteemed and diverse Advisory Group. Ms. Otto has over 20 years experience working on issues such as health care reform, Medicaid, Medicare and other public benefits programs for older adults, children, and adults with disabilities. She is also a principal in the National Consortium for Health Systems Development, a state-to-state technical assistance center, where she focuses on the intersection of health and employment policy.

This advisory group is charged with providing recommendations and advice to the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council also established under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and chaired by US Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin. The appointees will develop policy and program recommendations and advise the council on lifestyle-based chronic-disease prevention and management, integrative health care practices, and health promotion.

In announcing Ms. Otto’s and several other key administrative posts, President Obama said, “Our nation will be greatly served by the talent and expertise these individuals bring to their new roles." We couldn't agree more.

Sue Augustus
Chief Operating Officer, Health & Disability Advocates

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