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Healing Health Care Summit to be held at New Mexico State University

A free health care summit that will discuss the possibilities of a universal health care system in New Mexico will be held at New Mexico State University from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium.

s at the Southern New Mexico Healing Health Care Summit will be Peggy Roberts, Bruce Trigg and Sandra Penn, who will speak on the feasibility of a health care system that provides health care for all Americans.

Roberts will present "Patients and Health Care Providers: Know Your Rights Under New Mexico's Patient Protection Act." She will discuss New Mexicans' legal rights to appeal decisions made by health insurers, such as denial of care or payments, culturally-appropriate care and access to specialists.

Trigg will present "Bleeding the Patient: The Consequences of Corporate Health Care." He will demonstrate with factual data the failures of our current health care system and present an alternative plan that addresses the current shortcomings. Trigg will present studies from other countries where more effective single payer plans are currently in use.

Penn will present "Follow the Money: New Mexico CAN Afford Universal Health Care," where she will address the position that a universal health care system is too expensive for New Mexico. She will also explain the New Mexico Health Care Plan, a bill that will be introduced in the next legislative session.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided if requested and refreshments will be served from 5:15 to 6 p.m.

The summit is sponsored by the Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC), the Border Health Education Training Center, Health Action New Mexico, the Las Cruces League of Women Voters, Dona Ana County Advocates for Children and Families, the Dona Ana County Maternal and Child Health Council, the New Mexico Public Health Association and other health organizations.

Please RSVP before Oct. 14 to ensure adequate seating. For more information or to make reservations, call SoAHEC at (505) 646-3441.