Healthy Care Conference Slated for Tuesday in Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Access to health care in Alabama during
the recession is the focus of a gathering being held in Birmingham.
About 300 community leaders, health care providers and consumers
are expected for the Health Care Access Conference being held
Tuesday at Birmingham-Southern College.
The event is meant to highlight what organizers say is a crisis
in health care as budget shortfalls cut into spending for programs
including Medicaid and the Alabama Department of Public Health.
The former head of Alabama's health agency, Dr. Claude Earl Fox,
said learning about the problem and possible solutions is one way
people can help. Fox served as an advisor to President Obama during
the White House transition and is the keynote speaker at the event.