Thursday Morning and Lunch Plenaries

Protect Our Care—A group of high-profile lawmakers discuss the current landscape of health care, including GOP attempts to repeal

  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D - CT)
  • Sen. Al Franken (D - MN)
  • Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D - MD)
  • Rep. Robin Kelly (D - IL)
  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D - MI)
  • Moderator: Ron Pollack, Families USA Executive Director

A Call to Action—Families USA’s incoming Executive Director and the leader of the Moral Monday movement address the need for action to defend the ACA.

  • Reverend Dr. William Barber, President, North Carolina NAACP
  • Frederick Isasi, Families USA Incoming Executive Director
  • Moderator: Ron Pollack, Families USA Executive Director

Thursday Afternoon Plenary

Health Coverage: What has Been Achieved, What is at Risk—This plenary will go over lessons learned from the last four open enrollment periods, celebrate the remarkable accomplishments made, and discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for outreach and enrollment.

  • Anne Filipic, President, Enroll America
  • Kenneth Goodgames, President and CEO, Community Council of Greater Dallas
  • Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Friday Morning Plenary

Special Presentation

  • Rep. Bobby Scott (D - VA)
  • Intro by Ron Pollack

A Physician’s Perspective on the Affordable Care Act—One of the nation’s leading health policy spokesmen and surgeon addresses the role of the ACA in protecting patients.

  • Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Special Presentation

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D - CA)

Friday Lunch Plenary

Special Presentation and Luncheon: Honoring Ron Pollack

  • Jeff Kirsch, Champions for America's Future
  • Phil Villers, Families USA Founder & President
  • Ron Pollack, Families USA Executive Director

Consumer Health and Health Equity Advocate Awards Presentation

  • Daniel Dawes, Executive Director of Government Relations, Health Policy and External Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Jessie Menkins, Alaska Primary Care Association
  • Cindy Zeldin, Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future

Friday Afternoon Plenary

What to Expect in Congress—The former Senate Democratic Leader addresses the efforts to find a replacement for the Affordable Care Act followed by a discussion of the politics involved with a leading Democratic and Republican health policy leaders.

  • Tom Daschle, Founder and CEO of The Daschle Group, A Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson
  • Chris Jennings, Jennings Policy Strategies
  • Rodney Whitlock, Former Health Policy Director for Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa
  • Moderator: Craig Obey, Families USA Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

Saturday Morning Plenary

Special Presentation: Meet Families USA’s Next Executive Director

  • Patrick Willard, Families USA Senior Director of Campaigns, Outreach, and Engagement
  • Frederick Isasi, Families USA Executive Director-Elect

Standing Up for the Health of Our Nation—The leader of the Nuns on the Bus shares hope and challenge for the road ahead.

  • Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK