Making the Promise Real

Leading lawmakers, along with the editor of the Wonkblog, provided a landscape view of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and map out the challenges and opportunities in the coming year. | Transcript (PDF)

  • Vice President Joe Biden
  • Julián Castro, Mayor of San Antonio
  • Ezra Klein, Journalist, Washington Post
  • Moderator: Ron Pollack, Families USA

Outreach and Enrollment in New Coverage Options

A roundtable discussion among policymakers and advocates from the local, state, and federal level painted a picture of current and future outreach and enrollment efforts. | Transcript (PDF)

  • Mandy Cohen, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Antoinette Kraus, Pennsylvania Health Access Network
  • William Nold, Kentucky Office of the Health Benefit Exchange

Improving the Marketplace for Consumers

A moderated panel of experts from the state and national perspective discussed the potential for improving insurance marketplaces for consumers in the coming year and beyond. | Transcript (PDF)

  • Sabrina Corlette, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
  • Cynthia Crone, Insurance Deputy Commissioner of Arkansas Health Connector
  • Anthony Wright, Health Access California
  • Moderator: Claire McAndrew, Families USA

Medicaid Expansion: State Perspective

A roundtable of state and national experts will speak to the future of expansion states past open enrollment as well as how advocates can build campaigns and organize toward expansion. Whether your state has agreed to expand Medicaid or has yet to expand, the discussion gives insight into what is working well in Washington (an expansion state) and how advocates in a campaign that has not moved forward is building momentum. | Transcript (PDF)

  • Ginny Goldman, Texas Organizing Project
  • MaryAnne Lindeblad, State of Washington Health Care Authority
  • Alan Weil, National Academy for State Health Policy
  • Governor Steve Beshear, Kentucky
  • Moderator: Dee Mahan, Families USA

Consumer Health Advocates of the Year

The annual "Consumer Health Advocate of the Year" awards are presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions on behalf of our nation's health care consumers. | Transcript (PDF)

  • Moderated by: Philippe Villers, Families USA

Engaging Consumers and Providers to Drive Health System Improvement

Groundbreaking experts will provide insight into the role that delivery reform, research, and patient engagement play in revolutionizing our health care system. We'll discuss the need to change the culture of medicine to become more patient-centered and strategies for achieving this goal. | Transcript (PDF)

  • Dr. Anne Beal, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
  • Dr. Harold Freeman, Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute
  • George Halvorson, Kaiser Permanente
  • Moderator: Kim Bailey, Families USA

The Intersection of Health Care, Social Media and Digital Strategy

How are new tools and technology influencing organizing and advocacy around health care? A lively panel discussion will cover changing demographics and social media usage, how activists can use social media to advocate, and best practices for digital strategy for changing the health care system. | Transcript (PDF)

  • Susannah Fox, Pew Internet and American Life Project
  • Regina Holliday, The Walking Gallery
  • Lawrence Swiader, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Moderator: Carla Uriona, Families USA

The Movement Goes Forward

Texas State Senator and Families USA board member, Leticia Van de Putte, will inspire our advocates to return to their communities, roll up their sleeves, and continue their heroic work to make change. | Transcript (PDF)

  • Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, (D-TX)
  • Introduction: Ron Pollack, Families USA