(Updated January 15, 2015)

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5:00pm-8:00pm REGISTRATION
Regency Foyer
7:00pm-9:00pm OPENING RECEPTION
Regency A

 

7:30am-9:00am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Regency Foyer, Hall of Battles
7:30am-4:00pm REGISTRATION
Regency Foyer
7:30am-8:45am

NETWORKING BREAKFASTS

Blue State Caucus
Columbia B

MODERATORS:
Debra Judy, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
Leni Preston, Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform
Jill Zorn, Universal Health Care Coalition of Connecticut

Red State Caucus
Columbia A

MODERATORS:
Matthew Slonaker, Utah Health Policy Project
Ryan Sullivan, Michigan Consumers for Healthcare

9:30am-10:30am OPENING PLENARY
Building Real Progress

Regency Ballroom

Leading lawmakers, a key federal official, and the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs will map out the opportunities and challenges for health care in the coming year.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Representative G. K. Butterfield (D-NC)
Alan Weil, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs

MODERATOR:
Ron Pollack, Executive Director, Families USA

10:30am-11:00am BREAK
11:00am-12:00pm WORKSHOPS / SESSION 1
12:15pm-12:30pm SPECIAL PRESENTATION:
SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA)

 Regency Ballroom
12:45pm-1:45pm LUNCHEON PLENARY
Health Reform 2.0: A Call to Action

 Regency Ballroom

Ron Pollack will provide an overview of Families USA’s Call to Action that articulates a health reform agenda for the future. And Dr. Reed Tuckson will discuss his reflections and observations on this agenda.

Ron Pollack, Executive Director, Families USA
Dr. Reed Tuckson, Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections

2:00pm-3:30pm WORKSHOPS / SESSION 2
3:30pm-3:45pm REFRESHMENT BREAK
Regency Foyer, Hall of Battles
3:45pm-5:00pm

AFTERNOON PLENARY
Update on the Health Insurance Marketplaces and the Second Open Enrollment Period

Regency Ballroom

Key officials will paint a picture of the current state of the health insurance marketplaces, explore enrollment strategies that have succeeded at the state and local levels, and provide an update on the second open enrollment period.

Kevin Counihan, Director and Marketplace Chief Executive Officer, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
William A. Hazel, Jr., Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia
Mila Kofman, Executive Director, District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority
Catherine Teare, Senior Program Officer, California Healthcare Foundation

MODERATOR:
Rachel Klein, Director of Organizational Strategy, Families USA

6:00pm-9:00pm NETWORKING RECEPTION
Liaison Hotel (directly across the street from the Hyatt)
  DINNER ON YOUR OWN

 

8:30am-4:00pm REGISTRATION
Regency Foyer
8:30am-9:45am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Regency Foyer, Hall of Battles, Congressional Foyer
8:30am-9:45am

NETWORKING BREAKFASTS

Emerging Professionals: Skills for the Field
Regency D

MODERATORS
RyLee Curtis, Utah Health Policy Project
Jason Stevenson, Utah Health Policy Project

Engaging the Small Business Community for Positive Health Policies and Outcomes
Columbia B

MODERATORS:
Chris Armstrong, Small Business Majority
Grant Lahmann, Small Business Majority

Enrollment Assistance: Sharing Stories and Tools from Advocates on the Ground
Congressional B

MODERATOR:
Jessica Kendall, Families USA

Interfaith Strategies
Columbia A

MODERATOR:
Rev. Tim Ahrens, First Congressional Church, UCC Columbus

Language Access Networking and Strategy
Congressional C

MODERATORS:
Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Families USA
Mara Youdelman, National Health Law Program

LGBTQ Outreach, Inclusion, and Policy Strategies
Columbia C

MODERATORS:
Kellan Baker, Center for American Progress
Emily Polak, Community Catalyst

Long-Term Care
Congressional D

MODERATOR:
Josephine Kalipeni, Caring Across Generations

Priority Issues in Coverage of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Columbia Foyer

MODERATORS:
Alice Dembner, Community Catalyst
Claire McAndrew, Families USA

10:00am-11:00am

MORNING PLENARY
The Future of Medicaid Expansions and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Regency Ballroom

This presentation will provide an overview of the best messages for promoting and protecting state Medicaid expansions and extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 2015.

Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus | Presentation: [PPT]
Mike Perry, Partner, Perry Undem Research/Communication | Presentation: [PDF] [PPT]

MODERATOR:
Jennifer Beeson, Deputy Executive Director, Families USA

11:00am-11:15am BREAK
11:15am-12:15pm WORKSHOPS / SESSION 3
12:30pm-12:45pm

SPECIAL PRESENTATION
SENATOR SHERROD BROWN (D-OH)

Regency Ballroom

12:45pm-2:00pm

NETWORKING LUNCHEON
Regency Ballroom

Advocates will have the chance to chat with their colleagues from across the country. This informal opportunity will allow participants to share stories, best practices and to get better acquainted. The session will also include a Health Action Showcase of materials and displays used by state organizations.

2:15pm-3:45pm WORKSHOPS / SESSION 4
3:45pm-4:00pm REFRESHMENT BREAK
Regency Foyer, Hall of Battles
4:00pm-5:00pm

AFTERNOON PLENARY
Competing Visions for the Future of Health Care

Regency Ballroom

This debate-style plenary will explore several proposals and possible directions for the future of health reform from both sides of the political spectrum.

Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute
Judy Feder, Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University

MODERATOR:
Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives and Senior Advisor to the President of the Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation

5:00pm-6:30pm

"REMOTE AREA MEDICAL" MOVIE SCREENING
Columbia B

We'll show a documentary about Remote Area Medical, a traveling health clinic that provides desperately needed health care to those who have no other way to get care.

MODERATOR:
Ben D'Avanzo, Families USA

6:30pm-8:30pm

AWARDS RECEPTION
Regency Ballroom

MODERATOR:
Philippe Villers, Families USA

 

8:30am-10:00am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Regency Foyer, Hall of Battles
10:00am-11:00am

MORNING PLENARY
How Are Demographics Shifting in the United States, and What Does That Mean for Health Care?

Regency Ballroom

Our future will be marked by striking demographic, social, and economic changes. Leading experts will discuss important population shifts, including the "graying" of America and the fact that we are becoming a more racially and ethnically diverse nation. They'll also examine how these changes will affect health care and what advocates should do to address these changes.

Brian Smedley, Co-Founder and Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity
Paul Taylor, Senior Fellow, Pew Research Center

MODERATOR:
Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Health Equity Director, Families USA

11:00am-11:15am BREAK
11:15am-12:45pm WORKSHOPS / SESSION 5
12:45pm-2:00pm

LUNCHEON: CLOSING PLENARY
Regency Ballroom

Join us for lunch to close out Health Action 2015 and get inspired, energized, and prepared to work to protect and improve health coverage and care for consumers in the year ahead.

John McDonough, Professor of Public Health Practice, Harvard School of Public Health, and Director of the Harvard School of Public Health, Center for Executive and Continuing Professional Education

2:00pm CONFERENCE ADJOURNS