Highlights from Health Action 2015: Building Real Progress

From January 22-24, 2015, health care advocates from around the country gathered in Washington, D.C., to learn from each other, policy experts, and public officials.

Many speakers took time to thank the hundreds of advocates who attended for their work to improve access to health care and to help the promise of the Affordable Care Act become a reality. On the opening day of the conference, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told a packed room: 

“It’s because of you and your colleagues that this law is working and millions of Americans have financial security and health security.”

While reflecting on the early success of the ACA, attendees focused equally on health care challenges, like expanding Medicaid in conservative states, reducing health disparities, and reforming how health care is delivered and paid for. Multiple networking opportunities gave participants time to swap strategies from the field. Dozens of workshops and plenary sessions exposed them to some of the nation’s leading thinkers on health care reform. 


Reviews of Health Action 2015

  • Michigan’s Amy Lynn Smith helped “#HA20” trend on Twitter as one of Families USA’s blogger’s row writers at Health Action 2015. Check out Smith’s blog and Storify recapping the events. 

    “Health Action is also a chance to celebrate everything we’ve achieved as a community and get ready for what’s next in an area of advocacy that’s always moving forward,” wrote Smith in her blog post An Inside View of What’s Next in Health Reform, from Health Action 2015.

  • Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut’s Jill Zorn, released a blog series highlighting the diverse health policy issues covered at Health Action 2015. 

    “Health Action 2015 also showcased how diverse and diffuse the movement for quality, affordable health care has become,” wrote Zorn in Families USA: One Big, Diverse Family of Advocates.

  • In Raising Women’s Voices’ most recent blog, they shared Families USA’s latest report, Health Reform 2.0, which lays out a path for securing high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. 

Check out Health Action 2015’s Presentations and Workshop Materials

Many of the PowerPoint presentations from the plenary sessions and workshops are now posted. Click here and scroll for the topic you’re interested in. 

Videos of the plenary sessions are also ready to view, featuring Senator Elizabeth Warren, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Congressman G. K. Butterfield, Senator Sherrod Brown, and many more speakers.

For more conference highlights, read our day-by-day coverage