EFF hires former legislator to run Health Care Reform Project

May 14, 2004

News Release

OLYMPIA The Evergreen Freedom Foundation is pleased to welcome former State Representative Cheryl Hymes to serve as its new Health Care Reform Project director.

Hymes served as Vice-Chair of the House Health Committee during her time in the legislature. She is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors for Chinook Enterprises (Mount Vernon, WA), and Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Skagit County Crisis Pregnancy Center (Pregnancy Choices). In the 1980s Cheryl worked in Minneapolis, Minnesota analyzing medical utilization and claims data to produce physician practice profiles. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska.

"Finally there is some good health-care related news to report for employers and employees," said Hymes. "A new federal law gives tax advantages and more control to individuals who choose consumer-directed health plans, like Health Savings Accounts or HSAs. It's about time."

Hymes' first priority is a project entitled "Choose Your Medicine: The Facts about Health Care Economics." The project will help small to mid-sized employers understand the advantages of consumer-driven health plans and the new law.

"The campaign could not have come at a better time," said Hymes. "There is a lot happening in Washington D.C. right now that employers and employees in Washington state will like. It's time for these innovative health benefit opportunities to be made widely available in our state. The key to making that happen lies in the unleashing of market demand. EFF plans to help employers do just that."

This fall, EFF will be hosting a series of community meetings around the state to give employers a chance to learn about "consumer directed health benefits" and what they can do to see if this is an option that would be right for their workforce.

Contact: Booker Stallworth, Communications Director
(360) 956-3482



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