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Wednesday, February 3
 

5:00pm

Registration
Wednesday February 3, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Regency Foyer Ballroom Level

6:30pm

Welcome Reception
Wednesday February 3, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Columbia Ballroom Level
 
Thursday, February 4
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Thursday February 4, 2016 7:00am - 8:30am
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

7:00am

Registration
Thursday February 4, 2016 7:00am - 5:00pm
Regency Foyer Ballroom Level

8:30am

Next Steps in Health Reform: Defending Our Gains, and Improving Successful Policies

Members of Congress, the Surgeon General of the United States, and the President of Planned Parenthood will map out the opportunities and challenges for health care in 2016 and beyond.


Moderator
avatar for Ron Pollack

Ron Pollack

Executive Director, Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL)

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL)

U.S. House of Representatives
Now in his 12th term, Luis V. Gutiérrez is the senior member of the Illinois delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is an experienced legislator and energetic spokesman on behalf of his constituents in Illinois’s Fourth District in the heart of Chicago, who first elected... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)

U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, a 12th-generation New Mexican, has dedicated her life to serving her community, fighting for seniors and veterans, and building an economy that works for all New Mexicans She has built a reputation—both in New Mexico and in Congress—as... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)

U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over all tax and trade measures as well as Social Security and Medicare. He is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources, which has jurisdiction over issues that... Read More →
avatar for Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, United States Surgeon General

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, United States Surgeon General

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, was confirmed on December 15, 2014, as the 19th United States Surgeon General. As “America’s Doctor,” Dr. Murthy is responsible for communicating to the public the best available scientific information on ways to improve personal and public... Read More →
avatar for Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards

President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Cecile Richards is a nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health and reproductive rights. As President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Ms. Richards leads a movement that has worked for nearly 100 years to build a healthier... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2016 8:30am - 10:30am
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

10:30am

Refreshment Break
Thursday February 4, 2016 10:30am - 10:45am
Outside Regency Ballroom

10:45am

The Future of Enrollment: Applying Lessons Learned and Planning Ahead
Enrollment tactics aren’t new, but circumstances and context can change. There may be new developments in Medicaid or CHIP, or new coverage options through the Affordable Care Act. Our panel discusses how key lessons learned can inform your programming and help prepare you for the future.

Moderator
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Tricia Brooks

Georgetown Center for Children and Families
Tricia Brooks is the Senior Fellow at the Georgetown University Center for Children and | Families (CCF). She works on health policy and implementation issues affecting healthcoverage for children and families, and provides technical assistance to policy, advocacy, andconsumer assister... Read More →

Speakers
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Daphne Pie

Public Health-Seattle and King County
avatar for Jodi Ray

Jodi Ray

Director, USF Florida Covering Kids & Families
Jodi Ray is the Director and Principal Investigator for Florida Covering Kids and Families, at the University of South Florida’s Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies. The Chiles Center conducts regional, national and international service, research and educational programs... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Congressional A Lobby Level

10:45am

The Intersection of Health Equity and Health System Transformation
Payment and delivery reform is a huge opportunity for targeting health disparities, but also poses a serious risk of making disparities worse. This workshop will explain how health system transformation efforts could support interventions that reduce disparities.

Moderator
avatar for Philippe Villers

Philippe Villers

Families USA Board
Mr. Villers is the cofounder of Families USA. In 1981, he and his wife, Kate Villers, founded the organization, which was initially called The Villers Foundation. He has served as its President and as a permanent member of the Board of Directors since its inception. Mr. Villers is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marshall Chin

Marshall Chin

University of Chicago
Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, the Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, is a general internist and health services researcher with extensive experience improving the care of vulnerable patients with chronic disease... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Dawes

Daniel Dawes

Executive Director of Government Relations, Health Policy and External Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine
Daniel E. Dawes, Esq. is a healthcare attorney and the Executive Director of Government Relations, Health Policy and External Affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. The author of several publications on health reform and health equity; he now adds to his repertoire... Read More →
avatar for Sinsi Hernández-Cancio

Sinsi Hernández-Cancio

Director of Health Equity, Families USA
Sinsi Hernández-Cancio is the Director of Health Equity at Families USA, where she focuses on expanding and strengthening the organization's ability to enhance and elevate health care advocacy and activism in communities of color across the nation. She is continuing the group's work... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Congressional CD Lobby Level

10:45am

Using Innovative Workforce Models to Improve Access and Reduce Disparities
Health system transformation must combat disparities in access to care and to community and social services. This workshop will explore how telehealth, dental therapists, and community health workers/promotoras can ensure people get the right care at the right time. 

Moderator
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Brian Smedley

National Collaborative for Health Equity

Speakers
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David Jordan

Community Catalyst
David Jordan leads a national campaign to expand access to dental care by initiating and supportingstate campaigns to establish the practice of dental therapists. David oversees the project's politicalstrategy, state field operations and strategic and operational relations with collaborating... Read More →
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Jana Katz-Bell

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and UC Davis School of Medicine.
Jana Katz–Bell is the Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Programs at UC Davis School of Medicine andthe Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She served as Chief Administrative Officer for the UC DavisCenter for Health and Technology from 1995 - 2007 where she led this distinctive... Read More →
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Carolina Nkouaga

University of New Mexico
Carolina Nkouaga currently serves as the Associate Director of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Office for Community Health, where she has collaborated on the development of the health extension model and various community health worker initiatives, as well as the... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Columbia Foyer Ballroom Level

10:45am

Section 1115 Medicaid Expansion Waivers
To help expand Medicaid, advocates should get up to speed on the recent section 1115 waivers and waiver amendments to the Affordable Care Act. We will discuss the 1115 waiver process and how it supports important consumer protections.

Moderator
avatar for Dee Mahan

Dee Mahan

Families USA
Dee Mahan is Medicaid Program Director at Families USA, where she focuses on federal and state Medicaid issues. She works with advocates from across the country to ensure that states take up and effectively implement the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, and she advocates... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Howell

Montana Women Vote
Sarah Howell joined Montana Women Vote as executive director in late 2011. Montana | Women Vote is a statewide organization of low-income women that works on economic justice policy campaigns, civic engagement, and leadership development. As director, Sarah has created and implemented... Read More →
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Caitlin Priest

Covering Kids & Families of Indiana


Thursday February 4, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Capitol A Lobby Level

10:45am

Damn Those High Deductibles!
High health insurance deductibles are posing huge problems for consumers. Find out how to get plans to offer more pre-deductible services, how value-based insurance design (VBID) factors in, and what tools best help consumers understand deductibles and cost-sharing.

Moderator
avatar for Aida Rivera

Aida Rivera

ACA - Specialist for Health and Enrollment, SRA, International

Speakers
avatar for Lydia Mitts

Lydia Mitts

Senior Policy Analyst, Families USA
Lydia Mitts is a Senior Policy Analyst at Families USA. She specializes in private insurance issues, including market reforms and financial assistance programs under the Affordable Care Act, wellness incentive programs, marketplace plan benefit design, and cost-sharing. She also specializes... Read More →
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Arlene Murphy

CT Consumer Advisory Board
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Sophie Stern

Enroll America



Thursday February 4, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Regency D Ballroom Level

10:45am

Emerging Professionals: Building from the Ground Up
Join fellow emerging professionals and experts as we discuss key strategies such as marketing and coalition building to create an effective campaign from the ground up.

Moderator
avatar for Abby Bott

Abby Bott

Families USA

Speakers
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Cristina Calvillo-Rivera

Young Invincibles
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Ricky Gonzales

Harvard University
avatar for Okenfe Lebarty

Okenfe Lebarty

Families USA
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Deborah Riddick

Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Deborah Riddick JD, RN is the Senior Program Manager for National & Local Engagement at the Camden Coalition for Healthcare Providers where her current portfolio includes stakeholder engagement for the new National Center for Healthcare Hotspotting. Her experience as a clinician... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Congressional B Lobby Level

10:45am

Social Media Strategies for Success
Do you know the basic principles for successful nonprofit social media use? Learn about such things as which social media platforms nonprofits should focus on, strategies for building an audience on social media, and ways to handle social media challenges.

Moderator
avatar for Katie Alexander

Katie Alexander

Tennessee Justice Center
Katie Alexander is the Field Director at the Tennessee Justice Center, a small non-profit law firm that helps Tennesseans access health care coverage. Originally from New York State, Katie got her degree in Literature and the African Diaspora at American University in D.C., and then... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Josh Hirsch

Josh Hirsch

Marketing and Membership Coordinator, NonprofitsFirst
Josh Hirsch has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2006 with a focus on educational philanthropy for both public charter and independent private schools. He has an extensive background in social media, digital communications, and marketing along with experience in grant research... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Capitol B Lobby Level

12:15pm

Health Care for All: Expanding Access to Immigrant Communities
Leaders at the forefront of campaigns to expand access to health care for all immigrants will describe the importance of these efforts and how advocates can engage in them.

View Bob Ross' presentation here. 

https://prezi.com/acbzks1gioig/families-usa-health4all-presentation/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy#


 

Moderator
avatar for Sinsi Hernández-Cancio

Sinsi Hernández-Cancio

Director of Health Equity, Families USA
Sinsi Hernández-Cancio is the Director of Health Equity at Families USA, where she focuses on expanding and strengthening the organization's ability to enhance and elevate health care advocacy and activism in communities of color across the nation. She is continuing the group's work... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marielena HIncapie

Marielena HIncapie

Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
Marielena Hincapié is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the main organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants in the United States. Under her executive leadership, NILC has grown to be one of the premier... Read More →
avatar for Bob Ross

Bob Ross

Chief Executive Officer, The California Endowment
Robert K. Ross, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of The California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Before his appointment in July 2000, Dr. Ross served as Director of the Health and Human Services Agency for... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2016 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

2:00pm

Enrollment Policy Deep Dive: Staying In-the-Know
How can you effectively communicate about complicated topics like taxes and eligibility appeals? In this workshop, we’ll not only help you understand such critical concepts, but also show you how to keep your explanations clear and simple when educating consumers.

Moderator
avatar for Elizabeth Hagan

Elizabeth Hagan

Families USA
Elizabeth Hagan is a Senior Policy Analyst at Families USA, where she focuses on enrollment policy. In this position, she works with national and state partners to identify and disseminate promising practices related to outreach and enrollment in Medicaid, the Children’s Health... Read More →

Speakers
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Dave Chandrasekaran

Healthcare Consultant, Virginia Certified Application Counselor (CAC)
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Elizabeth Colvin

Foundation Communities
Elizabeth Colvin directs health insurance enrollment for an affordable housing nonprofit in Austin, Texas.The program has enrolled more than 15,000 individuals in Marketplace insurance since October 2013.Previously, Elizabeth ran volunteer tax preparation programs. The enrollment... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Simmons

Jennifer Simmons

Navigator Project Director, Legal Aid of North Carolina
Jennifer Simmons is the Project Director for the North Carolina Navigator Consortium, as well as a Supervising Attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina. The Consortium, which received the second-largest navigator grant nationally for 2015-16, is a group of 14 organizations, whose... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Congressional A Lobby Level

2:00pm

Advocacy 101
This workshop will show first-time advocates, such as enrollment assisters, how to work with public officials on key health-related issues and how to connect with people to build coalitions. Participants will also gain increased understanding of state and federal policy.

Moderator
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Lisa Olson

Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
Lisa Olson, MSW currently serves as the Director of Policy and Programs for the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association (WPHCA). In this role, Lisa leads a team focused on outreach and enrollment efforts while directly providing Wisconsin’s 17 Community Health Centers with state... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeff Martin

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Jeff Martin is the Senior Director for Field Advocacy Training at ACS CAN, a position he has held since 2006. He is responsible for the development and implementation of ACS CAN’s nationwide training opportunities for volunteers and staff. In particular, these include ACS CAN’s... Read More →
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Jessie Menkens

Alaska Volunteer and Advocate
Jessie Menkens has worked in Alaska’s nonprofit sector for the past decade, focusing on early care and education policy, philanthropy and community building. Ms. Menkens worked at Thread, Alaska’s early care and education referral network and the Alaska Community Foundation before... Read More →
avatar for Jane Sheehan

Jane Sheehan

Government Affairs Associate, Families USA


Thursday February 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Congressional B Lobby Level

2:00pm

Community Health Workers and Promotores Tackle Disparities in Diverse Communities
Community health workers and _promotores_ reduce health-centered disparities in their communities—from addressing social determinants to improving the quality of care. Learn more about their success in diverse communities, and the challenges they continue to face.

Moderator
avatar for Ellen Albritton

Ellen Albritton

Families USA

Speakers
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Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens

Community Asthma Prevention Program
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Nadia Islam

NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health
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Carlos Londoño

Tiburcio Vàsquez Health Center



Thursday February 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Capitol B Lobby Level

2:00pm

Influencing System Transformations through State Innovation Models (SIM)
State advocates will discuss how they used the SIM (State Innovation Model) grant process to get involved in health system transformation policies, including how they got to the table, built an advocacy agenda, and determined their priorities for the year.

Moderator
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Colin Baillio

Health Action New Mexico

Speakers
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Patricia Baker

Connecticut Health Foundation
avatar for RyLee Curtis

RyLee Curtis

Senior Health Policy Analyst, Utah Health Policy Project
RyLee Curtis is a Utah native. She graduated with a dual degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Utah, where she also received her Master’s degree in Public Policy. Before joining UHPP, RyLee worked as a medical assistant and intake coordinator at an... Read More →
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Susan Smith

New Hampshire Voices for Health
Susan Smith is the Executive Director of NH Voices for Health. She has extensive professional experience in leadership roles with nonprofit healthcare organizations in both New Hampshire and North Carolina and has served on the board and executive committees of several state and local... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Columbia Foyer Ballroom Level

2:00pm

Measuring Success in Medicaid Expansion
Can more be done to expand Medicaid? For some answers, we’ll analyze data from Medicaid expansion states (particularly red and purple), such as enrollment, state budget impacts, and access to care two years since most states expanded the program.

Moderator
avatar for James Kimmey

James Kimmey

Saint Loius University - College for Public Health and Social Justice
Dr. Kimmey is Professor Emeritus, Health Management and Policy, at St. Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice. He also serves on national, state, and local boards and advisory committees that address health care and educational issues. From 2001 until 2011... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emily Beauregard

Emily Beauregard

Kentucky Voices for Health
Emily Beauregard became the Executive Director for Kentucky Voices for Health after years of active health coalition membership. Prior to joining Kentucky Voices for Health, Ms. Beauregard served as Director of Planning and Communications at the Kentucky Primary Care Association... Read More →
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Patricia Boozang

Manatt Health Solutions
Patricia Boozang is Senior Managing Director of Manatt Health Solutions, an interdisciplinary policy and business advisory practice of Manatt, Phelps &Phillips, LLP. Ms. Boozang provides policy, strategy and operations advice to awide range of state and federal agencies and public... Read More →
avatar for Cara Stewart

Cara Stewart

Health Law Fellow, Kentucky Equal Justice Center



Thursday February 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Capitol A Lobby Level

2:00pm

Network Adequacy, Provider Directories and Surprise Medical Bills
Once consumers get insured, can they then obtain affordable care from appropriate providers? Learn from advocates who are making strides in encouraging policymakers, regulators, plans, and providers to address this issue in their states or nationally.

Moderator
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Chuck Bell

Consumers Union

Speakers
avatar for Laura Brennaman

Laura Brennaman

Florida CHAIN
Laura Brennaman is the Policy and Research Director at the Florida CHAIN. She studies state and national policies related to health care access and quality. She has explored access barriers and disparities of care for mental health services in Florida, publishing in nursing, mental... Read More →
avatar for Meredith Gonsahn

Meredith Gonsahn

Georgians for a Healthy Future
Meredith Gonsahn is Georgians for a Healthy Future’s Health Policy Analyst. She joined Georgians for a Healthy Future in July 2015. In this role she identifies key issues in health policy and how they impact Georgia health care consumers. Meredith also monitors major trends in public... Read More →
avatar for Claire McAndrew

Claire McAndrew

Director of Campaign Strategy, Families USA
Claire McAndrew is the Director of Campaign Strategy at Families USA. Ms. McAndrew oversees advocacy work focused on the organization’s mission to ensure high quality, affordable health coverage and care for all. Her portfolio includes federal and state advocacy to protect the gains... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Regency D Ballroom Level

2:00pm

Successful Strategies for Building a Movement Online
Learn how to use social media to take the next step in advocacy: amplify your organization's voice, turn "likes" into physical action, and build a movement online that results in real change—all with a limited staff and budget.

Moderator
avatar for Alex Walker

Alex Walker

Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Katie Alexander

Katie Alexander

Tennessee Justice Center
Katie Alexander is the Field Director at the Tennessee Justice Center, a small non-profit law firm that helps Tennesseans access health care coverage. Originally from New York State, Katie got her degree in Literature and the African Diaspora at American University in D.C., and then... Read More →
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Suzette Gardner

Family Values @ Work
Suzette maximizes Family Values @ Work's digital efforts to support their on-the-ground initiatives nationwide. She manages all online communications efforts, including mobilization and fundraising email programs, social media engagement and online partnerships with other groups in... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Congressional CD Lobby Level

3:15pm

Refreshment Break
Thursday February 4, 2016 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

3:30pm

Recap of OE 3: Reviewing our Successes, and Mapping Out Next Steps for Enrollment
This session will provide a recap of the third open enrollment period, review the remaining enrollment work to be done, and highlight the continued importance of outreach, education and enrollment assistance.

Moderator
avatar for Rachel Klein

Rachel Klein

Director of Organizational Strategy, Families USA
Rachel Klein is the Director of Organizational Strategy at Families USA, where she provides strategic direction for policy issues and directs the organization’s work on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and enrollment in coverage under the Affordable Care... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mike Perry

Mike Perry

Partner, PerryUndem
For 23 years Mike Perry has conducted public opinion research for nonprofit organizations, foundations, universities, issue organizations, and government agencies. He works on today’s most pressing public issues, such as poverty, obesity and hunger issues, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS... Read More →
avatar for Karen Pollitz

Karen Pollitz

Senior Fellow, Kaiser Family Foundation
Karen Pollitz is a Senior Fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation. She works on the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance, tracking implementation of private market reforms with a focus on consumer protections. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked at the... Read More →
avatar for Christen Linke Young

Christen Linke Young

Principal Deputy Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
Christen Linke Young serves as the Principal Deputy Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, where she focuses on expanding Americans’ access to health coverage and implementing the Affordable Care Act’s insurance market reforms. | She has supported... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

5:00pm

 
Friday, February 5
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Friday February 5, 2016 8:00am - 9:15am
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

8:00am

Registration
Friday February 5, 2016 8:00am - 3:00pm
Regency Foyer Ballroom Level

8:15am

Enrollment Assister Networking Breakfast
Breakfast will be served in the meeting space!

Friday February 5, 2016 8:15am - 9:15am
Regency D Ballroom Level

8:15am

Red State Caucus Breakfast: How the 2016 Elections will affect our work
Breakfast will be served in the meeting space!

Friday February 5, 2016 8:15am - 9:15am
Congressional A Lobby Level

8:15am

State Innovation Learning Collaborative (SILC) Breakfast: Voices from the Frontlines
Breakfast will be served in the meeting space!

Friday February 5, 2016 8:15am - 9:15am
Thornton 11th Floor

9:30am

The Value of Medicaid Expansion in Improving Health Care

The session will include presentations about the ways Medicaid expansion leads states to address and prioritize population health improvements.


Moderator
avatar for Patrick Willard

Patrick Willard

Health Action Director, Families USA

Speakers
avatar for J. Craig Wilson, JD, MPA

J. Craig Wilson, JD, MPA

Director of Health Quality, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI)
Craig Wilson is Director of Health Policy at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI), a nonpartisan, independent health policy organization that serves as a catalyst to improve the health of Arkansans. He leads efforts to achieve ACHI’s access and quality goals and provides... Read More →
avatar for Donna Spencer, PhD

Donna Spencer, PhD

Senior Research Associate, State Health Access Data Assistance Center, University of Minnesota
With more than 15 years of experience in applied social, public health, and health services research, Dr. Donna Spencer is Deputy Director of SHADAC’s State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) grant program and leads health policy research and evaluations. Her recent work has... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

10:30am

Refreshment Break
Friday February 5, 2016 10:30am - 10:45am
Outside Regency Ballroom

10:45am

Stay Motivated, Be Creative: Helping Your Staff Grow
Enrollment programs around the country are proactively improving workforce retention. This workshop shows how through topics such as continued learning opportunities, managing consumer expectations, and effective ways to use breaks to help balance your work life.

Moderator
avatar for Heather Bates

Heather Bates

Director of Community Engagement, Families USA
@heatherjbates

Speakers
avatar for Sonia Donnelly

Sonia Donnelly

Palmetto Project
avatar for Jeb Murphy

Jeb Murphy

Maine Primary Care Association



Friday February 5, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Thornton 11th Floor

10:45am

Improving Immigrant Health: Marketplace Challenges and Covering the Undocumented
Immigrant health advocates will explain the remaining barriers immigrants face in enrolling for marketplace coverage. They will also highlight efforts in New York and California to ensure that all people, regardless of legal status, have access to health care.

Moderator
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Steven Lopez

National Council of La Raza

Speakers
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Ron Coleman

California Immigrant Policy Center
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Shelby Gonzales

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
avatar for Laura Redman

Laura Redman

Director, Health Justice Program, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Legal and policy advocacy; New York and national Medicaid access issues; intersections with immigration, gender, reproductive justice, LGBTQ, housing, disability, and whole health/healthy lives.



Friday February 5, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Congressional CD Lobby Level

10:45am

Incorporating Clinical Value into Coverage Design
Join us to discover how clinical evidence is being used to inform health coverage decisions and benefit design, strategies for educating consumers about value-based benefit design, and advocacy in protecting consumers’ access to care in value-based insurance.

Moderator
avatar for Lydia Mitts

Lydia Mitts

Senior Policy Analyst, Families USA
Lydia Mitts is a Senior Policy Analyst at Families USA. She specializes in private insurance issues, including market reforms and financial assistance programs under the Affordable Care Act, wellness incentive programs, marketplace plan benefit design, and cost-sharing. She also specializes... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Sanders

Stacy Sanders

Federal Policy Director, Medicare Rights Center
avatar for Mitchell Stein

Mitchell Stein

Policy and Communications Director, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review
Mitchell serves as the Policy and Communications Director for ICER. He contributes to, and ensures the clarity and consistency of,all the organizations communications materials (including reports, press releases, websites, etc.). He is also responsible for identifying opportunities... Read More →
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Alyssa Vangeli

Health Care for All Massachusetts



Friday February 5, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Regency D Ballroom Level

10:45am

Innovative Approaches for a Multi-Year Medicaid Expansion Strategy
Many red states probably won’t see Medicaid expansion in 2016. So how do advocates maintain momentum for potential future expansion? This workshop will spotlight long-term campaigns in Florida, Georgia, and Texas, and offer expansion strategies for 2017 and beyond.

Moderator
avatar for Philippe Villers

Philippe Villers

Families USA Board
Mr. Villers is the cofounder of Families USA. In 1981, he and his wife, Kate Villers, founded the organization, which was initially called The Villers Foundation. He has served as its President and as a permanent member of the Board of Directors since its inception. Mr. Villers is... Read More →

Speakers
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Lemlem Berhe

member-leader, Texas Organizing Project
Lemlem Berhe is originally from Ethiopia.  She attended the University of Louisiana at Monore, graduting with a pharmacy degree.  She is a registered pharmacist and the mother of two and grandmother of three.  Since Lemlem was laid off from her last pharmacy position, she became... Read More →
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Laura Colbert

Georgians for a Healthy Future
Laura Colbert is the Director of Outreach & Partnerships at Georgians for a Healthy Future, where she oversees GHF’s coalitions and partnerships. Laura came to Georgians for a Healthy Future in June 2014 from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life initiative. Laura’s... Read More →
avatar for Scott Darius

Scott Darius

Advocacy Director, Florida CHAIN
Scott Darius is the Advocacy Director for Florida CHAIN. He joined Florida CHAIN as a volunteer intern helping with assorted advocacy projects and research assignments. In 2014 Scott joined Florida CHAIN's staff as the Digital and Community Organizer and became an Affordable Care... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Yosemite 2nd floor Conference Level

10:45am

Making Health Plans Play Fair
Advocates work to achieve protections for consumers, but how can we ensure that plans comply? We’ll use mental health parity as a case study, examine data that are available to track compliance, and discuss how consumer complaints can make plans play fair.

Moderator
avatar for Claire McAndrew

Claire McAndrew

Director of Campaign Strategy, Families USA
Claire McAndrew is the Director of Campaign Strategy at Families USA. Ms. McAndrew oversees advocacy work focused on the organization’s mission to ensure high quality, affordable health coverage and care for all. Her portfolio includes federal and state advocacy to protect the gains... Read More →

Speakers
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Elizabeth Abbott

Office of the Patient Advocate
avatar for Garry Carneal

Garry Carneal

The Kennedy Forum
Garry Carneal is a leading expert in health care.  He has researched, written and published extensively on quality, medical management, information technology, and regulatory trends.  He has an established track record in helping trade associations, certification agencies, and businesses... Read More →
avatar for Karen Pollitz

Karen Pollitz

Senior Fellow, Kaiser Family Foundation
Karen Pollitz is a Senior Fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation. She works on the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance, tracking implementation of private market reforms with a focus on consumer protections. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked at the... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Yellowstone/Everglades 2nd floor Conference Level

10:45am

A View from the Hill (CLOSED TO THE PRESS)
Senior-level congressional staff members will share their insights on what Congress will do in 2016 regarding health care policy.

Moderator
avatar for Shannon Attanasio

Shannon Attanasio

Director, Government Affairs, Families USA
Shannon Attanasio is Director of Government Affairs at Families USA, where she leads the organization’s work with federal policymakers on all of Families USA’s program areas. Ms. Attanasio also leads Families USA’s work on CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program.Prior... Read More →

Speakers
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Maggie Jo Buchanan

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
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Anne Dwyer

Senate Finance Committee, Minority Staff
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Rachel Pryor

House Energy and Commerce Committee, Health Subcommittee, Minority Staff


Friday February 5, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Congressional B Lobby Level

10:45am

Foundation Perspectives on Health Philanthropy in 2016
Join senior staff from several foundations to discuss major trends in health philanthropy, including improving quality and reducing costs, using upstream interventions to address social determinants, and ensuring access to affordable coverage and care.

Moderator
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Ann McMillan

Grantmakers In Health

Speakers
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Andrea M. Ducas

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Andrea M. Ducas, MPH, is a program officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Andrea contributes to the Foundation’s efforts to realize the highest possible value from investments health and health care investments, and to catalyze demand for healthy places and practices in... Read More →
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Amy Latham

The Colorado Health Foundation
Amy Latham is the Vice President of Philanthropy at the Colorado Health Foundation. In thisrole, she leads the staff of the Foundation's three philanthropy teams; Healthy Living, HealthCoverage and Health Care in their work investing in nonprofits throughout the state.She has been... Read More →
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Alice Warner-Mehlhorn

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Alice M. Warner is the Director of Policy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, reporting to the Vice President for Policy and Senior Advisor.  As Director of Policy, she is responsible for formulating, recommending and consulting on policy strategies, objectives... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Columbia C Ballroom Level

10:45am

Training Tips for Media Interviews
Limited Capacity seats available

Need pointers on how to interact with the media? Join us for a role-playing excercise where our media experts will teach you critical tips and tools, like blocking and bridging, that will help you stay on message. Organizational spokespeople and those who aspire to be spokespeople are strongly encouraged to attend. 

This training session has a limited capacity. Please arrive early to this session to ensure you will be able to attend. 

Speakers

Friday February 5, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Bryce 2nd floor Conference Level

12:15pm

Networking Luncheon

It’s time to meet your colleagues and learn about what’s happening in other states. After listening to all the speakers in plenaries and workshops, advocates will get a chance to talk to each other in an open and informal way over lunch. The session will also include a Health Action Showcase of materials and displays that have been used by other state and national organizations.


Friday February 5, 2016 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

2:00pm

Enrollment Is Year-Round: Maximizing the Time between Open Enrollment Periods
How can you maximize your planning between open enrollment periods? This session highlights programs that plan their activities year-round, maintain a consistent work flow, and engage consumers at different times during the year regarding enrollment, retention, and utilization of existing coverage.

Moderator
avatar for Diane Rozier

Diane Rozier

Certified Application Counselor, Manager, CoxHealth Network
Diane Rozier is the Certified Application Counselor Manager for CoxHealth. She has aB. A. in Communications Management from Missouri State University and a Master’sDegree in Human Resources Management from Webster University. Diane has worked for CoxHealth since December of 2013... Read More →

Speakers
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Mary Hunt

Family and Children's Services
Mary Hunt has worked as a Navigator with Family & Children’s Service in Nashville, Tennessee since OE1. Her educational background, a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Medical Sociology, as well as her work experience with the State of Tennessee as a case manager... Read More →
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Maria Lemus

Executive Director, Vision y Compromiso
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Karen Spink

Assistant Director, Health District of Northern Larimer County
Karen Spink is the Assistant Director of the Health District of Northern Larimer County. Karen has been with the Health District for over 10 years and has worked in the local public health field in Colorado for more than 20 years. Among many projects and programs, Karen oversees the... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Bryce 2nd floor Conference Level

2:00pm

LGBTQ Federal Update and Improving Health Care for Transgender People
Update on the shifting national landscape around LGBTQ health rights, and an in-depth conversation about transgender health equity.

Moderator
Speakers
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Kellan Baker

Center for American Progress
Kellan Baker is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he works on LGBT health and data collection policy with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state and local stakeholders across the country. Kellan is also currently the Centennial Scholar... Read More →
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Cecilia Chung

Transgender Law Center
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Ryan Combs

University of Louisville School of Public Health



Friday February 5, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Columbia C Ballroom Level

2:00pm

1332 State Innovation Waivers to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
States can now apply for ACA waivers that replace many of the federal reforms with state reforms that provide at least as much affordable coverage. Come learn what the federal government is allowing and what states and advocates are considering

Moderator
avatar for Cheryl Fish-Parcham

Cheryl Fish-Parcham

Private Insurance Program Director, Families USA
Cheryl Fish-Parcham is Private Insurance Program Director at Families USA. Her current areas of focus include private insurance, in particular, implementation of the private market provisions in the Affordable Care Act, and enrollment in Medicaid and the health insurance marketplaces... Read More →

Speakers
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Suzanne Curry

Health Care for All - MA
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Maureen O'Connell

Take Action Minnesota
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Anthony Wright

Health Access
Anthony Wright has served as Executive Director for Health Access, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, since 2002. Health Access has led state and national efforts to win consumer protections, fight budget cuts and invest in our safety-net, encourage prevention... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Regency D Ballroom Level

2:00pm

Engaging Patients and Providers in High-Value Care Decisions

This workshop will explore tools, strategies, and polices that can facilitate shared decision making, help patients and providers understand the difference between high- and low-value care options, and support patient-centered care.


Moderator
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Shannon Brownlee

Families USA Board Member
Shannon Brownlee is Senior Vice President of the Lown Institute, which was founded by cardiologist and humanitarian Bernard Lown. She is also Co-Founder of the Right Care Alliance, a group of clinicians, patients, and community leaders that is working to spark change in health care... Read More →

Speakers
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Robert Crittenden

Office of the Governor, State of Washington
Dr. Crittenden is currently the Senior Policy Advisor for Health for Washington Governor Jay Inslee. Prior to his work with the governor, Dr. Crittenden was the Executive Director of the Herndon Alliance. The Herndon Alliance is a national coalition of more than 200 organizations... Read More →
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Caitlin Morris

Program Director for Health System Transformation, Families USA
Caitlin Morris is the Health System Transformation Program Director at Families USA. Her work focuses on improving health care delivery and quality through evidence-based medicine, care coordination, patient-centered outcomes research, health information technology (HIT), and quality... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Congressional B Lobby Level

2:00pm

Facebook Engagement: Successful Strategies for Health Care Organizations
Facebook is becoming less of a social platform and more a platform to achieve end objectives. In this session we’ll talk about Enrollment, event turnout, awareness, and more.

Moderator
avatar for Richard Washington

Richard Washington

Families USA

Speakers
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Julia Eisman

Facebook
Julia has been at the intersection of citizen engagement and digital strategy for nearly 10 years, currently managing relationships with the federal government and nonprofits at Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook, Julia served as Digital Director at the Department of Health and Human... Read More →
avatar for Josh Hirsch

Josh Hirsch

Marketing and Membership Coordinator, NonprofitsFirst
Josh Hirsch has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2006 with a focus on educational philanthropy for both public charter and independent private schools. He has an extensive background in social media, digital communications, and marketing along with experience in grant research... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Congressional CD Lobby Level

2:00pm

From Strangers to Storytellers: Talking to Potential Storytellers about Their Experiences
We’ll explore two of the trickiest steps in building a story bank—asking people to share their stories, and vetting. Participants will leave this workshop with a clear picture of both the skill and the art of talking with storytellers.

Moderator
avatar for Cate Bonacini

Cate Bonacini

Story Bank Coordinator, Families USA
I'm excited to talk to folks about the power of stories, storytelling, and building story bank programs.

Speakers
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Jenna Temkin

Story Bank Associate, Families USA



Friday February 5, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Thornton 11th Floor

3:15pm

Refreshment Break
Friday February 5, 2016 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

3:30pm

A National Discussion: Growing Consumer Concerns About Drug Pricing
Key health care stakeholders will paint a picture of the growing problem of rising prescription drug prices, and discuss the merits of possible solutions to address this issue.

Moderator
avatar for Caitlin Morris

Caitlin Morris

Program Director for Health System Transformation, Families USA
Caitlin Morris is the Health System Transformation Program Director at Families USA. Her work focuses on improving health care delivery and quality through evidence-based medicine, care coordination, patient-centered outcomes research, health information technology (HIT), and quality... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Emond

Sarah Emond

Chief Operating Officer, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review
Sarah Emond brings 15 years of experience in the business and policy of health care to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) as its first Chief Operating Officer. In that role, she is responsible for the strategic planning and operations of ICER. | | Before joining... Read More →
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Leigh Purvis

Health Services Research Director, AARP's Public Policy Research
Leigh Purvis is the Director of Health Services Research in AARP’s Public Policy Institute. She leads a team of policy analysts and researchers who work on health care issues that are relevant to the 50-plus population. In addition, Ms. Purvis heads the institute’s work on prescription... Read More →
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Topher Spiro

Vice President, Health Policy, Center for American Progress
Topher Spiro is Vice President for Health Policy at the Center for American Progress. He leads the Health Policy team, whose members include former Obama Administration official Zeke Emanuel, former Medicare Administrator Don Berwick, and Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD). Spiro’s work... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

4:45pm

The Convening Role: How to Host an Effective Debrief
A well-delivered debrief is essential to building on the past enrollment season and securing new partners and resources. Among other tips, we’ll show you how to plan the debrief, get buy-in from attendees, and collect and share productive feedback.

Moderator
avatar for Erin Loubier

Erin Loubier

Senior Director for Health and Legal Integration and Payment Innovation, Whitman-Walker Clinic Legal Services Department
Erin Loubier is Senior Director for Health and Legal Integration and Payment Innovation at Whitman-Walker Health (WWH), a federally qualified health center serving Washington, DC’s diverse urban community and special focus on people living with HIV and the LGBT community.  Erin... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Allen Gjersvig

Allen Gjersvig

Director Navigator & Enrollment Services, Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers
ACA, enrollment, education, Navigators, FQHCs, CACs, collaboration, statewide coordinating



Friday February 5, 2016 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Columbia C Ballroom Level

4:45pm

How the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) is Driving Advocacy on Health Disparities
The Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) is a vision for how Congress could systematically address health disparities. Panelists will review how a uniquely diverse group convened around HEAA, and how advocates can use it to further their own equity work.

Moderator
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Ben D'Avanzo

Families USA

Speakers
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Priscilla Huang

Independent Consultant, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Priscilla Huang, JD, is an independent consultant and currently works with various clients in the non-profit and governmental sectors. Priscilla has 15 years of experience working with non-profit organizations, and spent 10 years dedicated to federal policy work in Washington, DC... Read More →
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Susie Saavedra

National Urban League Washington Bureau
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Brandon Webb

U.S. House of Representatives



Friday February 5, 2016 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Bryce 2nd floor Conference Level

4:45pm

Reproductive Justice in Communities of Color
There are still significant barriers to reproductive and other essential health care for low-income women, particularly women of color. We’ll explore women’s health care advocacy at the national and state levels, particularly in states where access to reproductive care is being restricted.

Moderator
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L. Toni Lewis

SEIU-Healthcare
Dr. Lewis is a physician, and, since the spring of 2010, she has also been Chair of SEIU Healthcare. From 2007-2010, Dr. Lewis was President of the Committee of Interns and Residents, the largest physicians local in SEIU. She played a central role in building Healthcare United, a... Read More →

Speakers
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Yvonne Gutierrez

PP TX Votes
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Monica Simpson

Monica is the Executive Director of SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. Monica has organized extensively against human rights violations, reproductive oppression, the prison industrial complex, racism and intolerance and is deeply invested in southern movement... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2016 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Congressional CD Lobby Level

4:45pm

Tools for Fighting Discrimination in Health Care
What can advocates do to combat discriminatory practices in health care by both health plans and providers? This workshop will arm participants with helpful policy tools, such as federal requirements under section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

Moderator
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Dania Palanker

National Women's Law Center
Dania Palanker is a Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. Her work focuses primarily on implementing health reform and expanding access to quality, affordable health care for women and their families. Prior to joining the Law Center, Dania worked for the Service Employees... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Albrecht

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
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Kellan Baker

Center for American Progress
Kellan Baker is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he works on LGBT health and data collection policy with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state and local stakeholders across the country. Kellan is also currently the Centennial Scholar... Read More →
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Mara Youdelman

Managing Attorney, National Health Law Program



Friday February 5, 2016 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Regency D Ballroom Level

4:45pm

Health Care Industry Mergers and Acquisitions
Consolidation of health industry players may increase coordination of care, but at what cost? We will examine the impact of insurance and provider mergers on health care costs and access—and how advocates can monitor this issue and weigh in.

Moderator
avatar for Joe Ditre

Joe Ditre

Senior Director of Enterprise and Innovation, Families USA
Joseph Ditré is the Director of Enterprise and Innovation at Families USA, where he oversees two large areas of work: the private insurance marketplace and health system improvement. His role includes deepening alliances, collaborations, and partnerships with the group’s extensive... Read More →

Speakers
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David Balto

Law Offices of David Balto
David Balto is a public interest antitrust attorney with over 30 years experience in the health care antitrust space.  David Balto spent over 15 years of his career as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and in several senior level positions at... Read More →
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Erin Fuse-Brown

Assistant Professor of Law, Georgia State University, College of Law, Center for Law, Health, and Society
Erin C. Fuse Brown, assistant professor of law, teaches Administrative Law; Health Law: Financing & Delivery; and the Health Care Transactional & Regulatory Practicum. She is a faculty member of the Center for Law, Health & Society. Fuse Brown’s areas of research and expertise include... Read More →
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Katherine Mills

Director of Policy for Market Performance, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
Katherine Scarborough Mills is the Director of Policy for Market Performance for the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission where she leads a team of attorneys, economists and other health care policy experts in fostering a more value-driven health care marketplace. Among other responsibilities... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2016 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Yellowstone/Everglades 2nd floor Conference Level
 
Saturday, February 6
 

9:00am

Breakfast with Sister Carol: Keeping the Faith in Health Reform
Recognizing that health care is a human right, the Catholic Health Association, led by Sister Carol Keehan, is at the forefront in its advocacy for the poor and vulnerable. Join us as we learn for the spiritual commitment of her faith and her vocation in seeking health care for all.

Moderator
avatar for Ron Pollack

Ron Pollack

Executive Director, Families USA

Speakers
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Sister Carol Keehan

President and Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Health Association of the United States
Sister Carol Keehan, DC, is the ninth President and Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). She assumed her duties as of October 2005. She is responsible for all association operations and leads CHA’s staff at offices in Washington... Read More →



Saturday February 6, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Regency A Ballroom Level

10:00am

Election 2016, and What it Means for Health Care Policy

This plenary features panelists that represent views from both sides of the political spectrum, and during this hour, we will explore what the 2016 elections may mean for the future of health reform.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Chris Jennings, Founder and President, Jennings Policy Strategies
  • Tom Scully, Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird LLP 
Moderator:
  • Julie Rovner, Robin Toner Fellow, Kaiser Health News   

Moderator
avatar for Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner

Robin Toner Fellow, Kaiser Health News
Julie Rovner | Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow Kaiser Health News | | Julie Rovner, the current Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow, joined Kaiser Health News after 16 years as Health Policy Correspondent for NPR, where she helped lead the network’s coverage of the passage and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Jennings

Chris Jennings

Founder and President, Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc.
Chris Jennings has been a health policy expert for a more than two decades, having worked for the White House, Congress, and the private sector. He currently is President of Jennings Policy Strategies (JPS), Inc., a nationally respected health policy and advocacy consulting firm in... Read More →
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Tom Scully

Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird LLP
At Alston & Bird, Thomas A. Scully focuses his practice on health care regulatory and legislative matters. He is also a general partner with Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a private equity firm in New York. | | Mr. Scully was the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Regency A Ballroom Level

11:00am

Closing Remarks
Saturday February 6, 2016 11:00am - 11:15am
Regency A Ballroom Level