US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions

Thursday: HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Health Reform Benefits

Tuesday, January 25, 2011Justine Sessions (202)-224-3254

WASHINGTON – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced the Committee will meet on Thursday at 10:00 A.M. to examine how the Affordable Care Act protects consumers against insurance industry abuses.  The hearing, entitled “The Affordable Care Act: The Impact of Health Insurance Reform on Health Care Consumers,” will be the first in a series of hearings the HELP Committee will hold in the coming months to examine how the health reform law benefits Americans.  

All hearings and markups are webcast live at:
Testimony and archived videos will be posted at:

HEARING:  The Affordable Care Act: The Impact of Health Insurance Reform on Health Care Consumers


Panel I:

  • Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, United States Department of Health and Human Services  

Panel II:

  • Lisa Grasshoff, an employee of a home health company from Houston, TX, whose 20 year old son suffers from Hemophilia A and type III von Willebrand disease
  • Emily Schlichting, a junior at the University of Nebraska from Omaha, NE, who suffers from a chronic autoimmune disease
  • Christopher Koller, Insurance Commissioner, State of Rhode Island
  • Joe Olivo, the President of Perfect Printing, Inc., a family-owned business in Moorestown, NJ

DATE: Thursday, January 27

TIME: 10:00 A.M.

LOCATION: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

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