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CACH holds healthcare summit

March 8, 2006

Albany -- Albany industry leaders say they're encouraged by response from South Georgians who want to control health care costs.

More than 30 people attended The Coalition for Affordable and Competitive Health Care, or "CACH" summit Wednesday morning at Procter and Gamble.

Albany's large industries organized the group after their data showed Southwest Georgia has some of the highest health care costs in the nation. Representatives from Albany and Dougherty County's government and businesses from Moultrie and Lee County attended the meeting.

Now, CACH wants more health care input. "We still need to get the insurance companies at the table," said CACH Board Member Vince Falcione. "We still need to get the big hospital providers as part of the coalition. So we are still working, things are progressing."

CACH leaders think Georgia Certificate of Need Laws stifle competition in health care and giving monopolies to certain health care providers that allow costs to skyrocket.

Leaders plan to lobby to change Certificate of Need laws and get members of their organization appointed to Phoebe Putney's Hospital Authority.

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