Highlights from Health Action 2016: Next Steps in Health Reform

It would be hard to pick one key moment to highlight the 21st Health Action conference held February 4-6, 2016 in Washington, D.C. But it would not be difficult to express the spirit: there was a passionate commitment to advance health care for all people as the next step in health reform.

You felt it in the policymakers, legislators, and advocates who opened the conference. In the workshops and training sessions. During the celebrations of heroes of the movement. Throughout, activists, enrollment assisters, and advocates were inspired—and inspiring—to work toward a system where health care is affordable, accessible, and valuable to all who need it.

As Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack said at the closing of the conference, “People like you, help people like me carry on.”

The conference opened as enrollment assisters and navigators were assessing the success of the third open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act. Workshops and networking sessions provided an opportunity to share strategies and learn about advocacy opportunities to advance their work.

State advocates also discussed opportunities to advance health coverage to groups that have not benefitted from the ACA, including undocumented residents and working but uninsured adults in states that have not expanded Medicaid. The conference celebrated the work of state advocates who provided leadership in these areas.

Praise for Health Action 2016

Slides from Workshop Presentations

Many of the PowerPoint presentations from the plenary sessions and workshops are now posted. Go to the agenda page and scroll for the workshop you’re interested in.

Coverage of Health Action 2016


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