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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Health Action 2013 is just around the corner!

Megan Salzman

Staff Writer

This past year has been pivotal for the health care justice movement. Thanks to the Supreme Court decision and the re-election of Barack Obama, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. Unfortunately, our opponents haven’t stopped threatening not only the Affordable Care Act, but also Medicaid and Medicare, with devastating cuts.

This means that this upcoming year will be just as critical in our fight as we face looming budget battles and important implementation and enrollment deadlines. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could spend a few days discussing the upcoming challenges and opportunities with fellow advocates from around the nation; learn from key congressional leaders and health policy experts about the road ahead; and visit our nation’s capitol?

Well guess what? You can!

Join us for Health Action 2013, where you will hear powerful speeches from key congressional leaders and health policy experts as well as learn strategies and tactics from your fellow health care advocates.

Register today, and join us Thursday, January 31, through Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Our lineup includes Senators Tammy Baldwin* (D-WI), and Patty Murray* (D-WA); Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Cindy Mann and Gary Cohen from CMS; Anton Gunn* from HHS; Uwe Reinhardt from Princeton University; Bob Greenstein from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Gene Sperling from the National Economic Council at the White House; and Sister Simone Campbell from NETWORK Lobby and Nuns on the Bus just to name a few!

As health care advocates, we will have a full plate in the year ahead as we continue to fight for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act and defend our public health insurance programs at the federal and state levels. In addition, many of us are working on system reform, improving quality and controlling costs, and on top of all that, we are gearing up for the biggest push for outreach and enrollment in health insurance in our nation’s history.

The work of both national and state advocates is critical for reaching our shared goals of increased access to quality, affordable health care for every American, and Health Action 2013 will provide an opportunity for all of us to join together and prepare for the year ahead.

I can’t think of a better way to start off 2013—we hope to see you there!


*Invited speakers