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Health Cabinet Official Named to Prestigious National Task Force

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 08, 2005  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Vikki Franklin (502)564-6786  


(Nov. 8, 2005) Undersecretary for Health Mark D. Birdwhistell has been appointed to serve on the Council of State Governments’ Health Policy Task Force. 


Birdwhistell will represent the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services on the prestigious task force, a national body consisting of state legislators, executive branch officials and members of private sector organizations and companies.


“I am excited to be a part of this important national body and bring home the best and most innovative solutions to improve health and health care for the commonwealth,” said Birdwhistell.  “I want others to recognize the great work we are doing to improve the health and well-being of Kentuckians, such as the innovative KyHealth Choices waiver proposal Medicaid submitted to the federal government last week.”


The Health Policy Task Force provides a forum for identifying health policy trends and innovations and exchanging ideas among state and federal officials, national experts and the private sector.  It also encourages states to work together to solve common problems and voice states’ perspectives on federal actions.


In his role on the Health Policy Task Force, Birdwhistell will work with health leaders and experts to examine critical health issues, vote on policy resolutions and inform others of how Kentucky is responding to the health care concerns it faces. 


The Council of State Governments is a nonpartisan, multi-branch state government association that seeks to forecast policy national and regional trends for states, commonwealths and territories. A national organization headquartered in Lexington, Ky., the association alerts elected and appointed state officials to emerging social, economic and political trends; offers innovative state policy responses; and advocates multi-state problem-solving. 

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Last Updated 11/8/2005