FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 27, 2004

GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPOINTED VICE CHAIR OF NGA'S HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE

(Jackson, Miss.) - During the National Governors Association (NGA) meeting in Seattle, Washington, Governor Haley Barbour was selected to serve as the 2004-2005 Vice Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee.

Barbour's appointment was well received. Governor Mike Huckabee, the newly appointed Vice Chairman of the NGA, stated, "Governor Barbour came into office more knowledgeable about the challenges of Medicaid and health policy than most governors are after years on the job." The Arkansas Governor also added that Governor Barbour is "highly respected by his peers in both parties. He will be a key voice in helping reform the system so we can better serve our most vulnerable citizens."

The Health and Human Services Committee has primary jurisdiction over issues relating to health care, human services, criminal justice, and homeland security. Among the key issues for the Health and Human Services Committee are Association Health Plans (AHP's), Medicaid, and Welfare reforms.

Virginia Governor Mark Warner said he was "proud to have Gov. Barbour serving as the Vice Chairman of the Health and Human Services committee." Warner, who was selected as the new Chairman of the National Governors Association, added that Barbour's "sincere commitment to improve the quality of life and healthcare for citizens will prove to be a valuable asset to this NGA committee."

The appointed chairs and vice chairs of NGA's four standing committees assumed their respective posts at the closing session, July 19.

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Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
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