T H E   W H I T E   H O U S E

Remarks of the Vice President and Mrs. Gore to the Conference

Help Site Map Text Only

The Briefing Room

Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release June 23, 1998


Tipper Gore Announces New Public/Private Network to Support Children ofPatients with Serious Mental and Physical Illness

Nashville, TN -- Vice President Gore announced a new directive today tomakethe Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) more family-friendly,while Tipper Gore launched a new public-private partnership to helpfamiliescope with serious mental and physical illness.

"Tipper and I are pleased to be here today to talk about family-centeredcare-- an approach that relies on the partnership between providers, patients,andfamilies to promote health and healing," the Vice President said on thesecondday of the Gores' seventh annual conference on policy issues of majorconcernto families and children. "Family-centered care acknowledges that thefundamental health care provider in America today is the family, and it isdesigned to unleash the healing power of the family."

The Vice President and Mrs. Gore moderated the "Family Re-Union 7:Familiesand Health," and each made announcements to help make health care morefamily-centered.

The Vice President:

Directed the FEHBP to Encourage Family Friendly Health Plans: The FEHBPwillhold a series of meetings with families over the next year to identify waysthat its health plans can be more responsive to the needs of families, anditwill publish these findings in its 1999 annual call letter to insurers as acondition for participation in the program.

Mrs. Gore met with children and their families to discuss theirexperiencescoping with their parents' mental and physical illnesses and the effect ofthese illnesses on their children.

In her remarks, Mrs Gore:

Launched a public-private network to support children and patients withseriousmental and physical illnesses: A network of private and public groups willcometogether to support children of cancer and other seriously ill patients.Inaddition, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and theNational Cancer Institute will form a partnership to bring togetherresearchersand service providers to help support children.

"We don't give credit, particularly to children, for the empathy, theresilience, and the downright individual strength we see in families facing amedical crisis, whether the crisis affects a sibling, a parent, or agrandparent," Mrs. Gore said. "And that is why I am pleased that theFederalGovernment, in partnership with families, scientists, caregivers, privatefoundations, and health and social services professionals, have joinedtogetherto help our children cope with their parents' illnesses."

The Vice President and Mrs. Gore heard reports from roundtable discussionsaddressing the following issues: principles of care for families with youngchildren; family-centered elder care at home and in medical settings;successful community-based initiatives; strategies to give families theinformation they want; bringing families into the design of health caresettingand medical training; creating responsive, flexible policy; and measuringsuccess.

The day's activities followed on the heels of a discussion the day beforewith President Clinton, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vice PresidentGoreand Tipper Gore. The conference is co-sponsored by the Child and FamilyPolicyCenter at Vanderbilt University, and the Children, Youth & FamilyConsortium ofthe University of Minnesota.

President and First Lady | Vice President and Mrs. Gore
Record of Progress | The Briefing Room
Gateway to Government | Contacting the White House
White House for Kids | White House History
White House Tours | Help | Text Only

Privacy Statement

What's New - June 1998

National Ocean Conference

Equal Pay Act

Family Re-Union Conference

Portland State University Commencement

Ocean Conference

South Asia

Thurston High School Remarks

National Ocean Conference

Presidential Scholars

Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act

ISTEA Legislation

SAVER Summit

Speaks to DLC

National Ocean Conference, Plenary Session

New Efforts to Protect Our Oceans

The Opening of the Thoreau Institute

Oceans Announcements

Fight Against Drugs

Welcoming Ceremony in Xian, China

Korean President Kim Dae Jung

Roundtable Discussion in Xiahe, China

President Kim of South Korea

Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act

21st Century Community Learning Grants

Pritzker Awards Dinner

Nominations of Bill Richardson and Richard Holbrooke

Remarks to Religious Leaders

Family Re-Union Media Advisory

Meeting With Economic Advisors

Conference Address

A Fair, Accurate Census

New Data On Teen Smoking

Roundtable Discussion Remarks

Landmark Agricultural Bill

Conference Remarks

Denver Broncos, Super Bowl Champions

Family Re-Union Press Release

U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century

Roundtable Discussion in Shanghai, China.

MIT Commencement Address

Commencement Address to MIT Graduates