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Neal, Straley to Discuss U.S. Health-Care System in Election Issues Program at Springfield College

October 22, 2008

Neal - Srtaley SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 22, 2008 – Headliners in Springfield College’s Oct. 23 election issues program on the United States health-care system will be Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) and Peter Straley, president and chief executive officer of Health New England, Inc., speaking at 7 p.m. in the Allied Health Sciences Center on the campus.

The event is part of the college’s Pride Vote program to encourage students to vote and to provide balanced public information on election issues. According to David Braverman, Springfield College vice president for student affairs and dean of students, “We’re presenting non-partisan programs with perspectives on the right and left sides of key issues in this year’s elections.”

Neal, who has represented the Second Congressional District of Massachusetts since 1988, is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and is chairman of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue. He is a graduate of American International College and received his master’s degree in public administration at the University of Hartford. He has received honorary degrees from Springfield College, Western New England College, Elms College, and Suffolk University, and has been honored by many civic, charitable, educational and labor organizations.

Straley oversees a health insurance company providing coverage to more than 95,000 Western Massachusetts residents. Prior to joining Health New England, he was chief executive of Baycare Health Partners, a large physician-hospital organization; a management consultant for a national health care strategy firm; and an information systems executive. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vt., and a master of business administration degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Bill Susman Moderator for the discussion will be William Susman, dean of the Springfield College School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies. The event will be the final presentation in the college’s election issues informational series. Other programs addressed the environment, the war in the Middle East, the economy, and education. The college’s Rock the Vote campaign will culminate on election night with activities for the campus community as news media report voting results.

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