Later this afternoon the KFF will be hosting a live, interactive webcast with a panel of experts to discuss the recently released Obama health budget. There has been a lot of debate about the new budget, with many upset that he has flatlined funding for HIV, smaller advocacy groups are thrilled to see NTDs being given as much attention (although certainly not as much money) as some of the more prominent killers, and of course those who are not included feeling left out. You can never make everyone happy all of the time.

But you can have your say, or at least join the conversation later today:

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m. ET, the Kaiser Family Foundation will hold a live, interactive webcast from its Washington, DC studio featuring an expert panel examining the global health aspects of the President’s recently released Fiscal Year 2010 budget proposal. The panel will discuss what has been allocated to support global health efforts abroad, including programs such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). The panel will also address other issues relating to the U.S. funding for global health programs and what the next steps are for the budget with Congress.

Kaiser Family Foundation Vice President Jen Kates, will moderate the discussion and the panelists will take questions from viewers, which can be submitted ahead of time or during the live program to infocus@kff.org.

WHO:
Ezekiel Emanuel, special advisor for health policy, White House Office of Management and Budget
Tom Hart, senior director of U.S. Government Relations, ONE
Allen Moore, distinguished fellow, Stimson Center
Tim Westmoreland, visiting professor and senior scholar in Health Law, Georgetown Law and consulting counsel, House Committee on Energy and Commerce

WHEN: Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: Watch the live studio webcast on kff.org:
http://globalhealth.kff.org/Multimedia/2009/May/14/gh051409video.aspx

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