Steven Brill, author of the Time Magazine special report, “The Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” will be among the speakers taking part in the panel discussion, “Drowning in Health Care Costs: All Hands on Deck,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, in the auditorium at the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on Quinnipiac University’s North Haven Campus, 370 Bassett Rd., North Haven.

Joining the conversation will be Patrick Charmel, president and CEO of Griffin Hospital of Derby, and State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, who will represent the perspective of the state employee plan, which is experimenting with ways to reduce health care costs. Author and columnist Susan Campbell will moderate the discussion.

The program, presented by Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut and its parent organization, the Connecticut Health Advancement and Research Trust (CHART), is the first in a series of public forums aimed at tackling the health care challenges facing Connecticut.

“We’re pleased to present forums that will provide the people of Connecticut, including our thought leaders and decision makers a chance to weigh-in on how we can put the building blocks in place to transform our health care system,” said Frances G. Padilla, president of the foundation. “One of the biggest issues which needs to be tackled is reining in costs while also improving outcomes.”

Padilla said, “Connecticut already has enacted some innovative ideas. We hope this series will broaden the conversation beyond individual initiatives to ways we can work to impact the state as a whole.”

Registration is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $50 for reserved seat patron tickets and $25 for general admission. Admission for Quinnipiac students, staff and faculty is free. Tickets for students from other institutions of higher learning cost $10. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information about the series, please visit the foundation’s website atwww.universalhealthct.org

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