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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release May 13, 1997

PRESIDENT NAMES BETTY BEDNARCZYK AS A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COMMISSION ON CONSUMER PROTECTION AND QUALITY IN THE HEALTH CARE

INDUSTRY

The President today announced his intent to appoint Betty Bednarczyk to serve as a member of the Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry.

Betty Bednarczyk, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the first woman to hold a top leadership post at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). She was elected to a four- year term as International Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU in April 1996. In 1960, Ms. Bednarczyk began working for SEIU in the Minneapolis Local 113. In 1983, she was elected to the 11,000- member health care union's top executive office, secretary-treasurer. One year later, she was elected to the SEIU International Executive Board. In 1992, Bednarczyk was elected an SEIU International Vice President, and was concurrently appointed to head the SEIU Committee on the Future. Under Bednarczyk's leadership, this committee conducted four years of strategic planning that involved outreach to SEIU leaders and virtually all of its 1.1 million members, as well as comprehensive economic research and analysis. Among the many union and community posts that she presently holds, Ms. Bednarczyk serves as vice president of the Minnesota AFL- CIO and president of the University of Minnesota Industrial Relations Advisory County.

The Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry was created by Executive Order. The purpose of the Commission is to advise the President on how unprecedented changes in the health care delivery system are affecting quality, consumer protection and the availability of needed services. Through a series of public meetings, it will collect and evaluate information and develop recommendations on improving quality in the health care system. The Commission will be co-chaired by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Labor.

The Commission has broad-based representation from consumers, businesses, labor, health care providers, insurers, and quality and financing experts. The Commission members have expertise on a range of health issues including the unique challenges facing rural and urban communities, children, women, older Americans, minorities, people with disabilities, mental illness, and AIDS, as well as issues regarding privacy rights and ethics.

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