Joseph Antos
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute

Joseph Antos is the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). In this position, his research focuses on the economics of health policy, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, the uninsured, and the overall reform of the health care system and its financing. He also studies the impact of health care expenditures on federal budget policy.

Before joining AEI, Mr. Antos was Assistant Director for Health and Human Resources at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). He has also held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He recently completed a seven-year term as health adviser to CBO and two terms as a commissioner of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. In 2013, he was also named Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University.

Mr. Antos has a PhD and an MA in economics from the University of Rochester and a BA in mathematics from Cornell University.

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Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is a champion of middle-class families. Informed by his faith as a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Sen. Brown is committed to social and economic justice. He helped pass the historic health care law that is making health insurance more affordable and accessible for American families. The law also provides strong consumer protections that are preventing insurers from placing limits on the care patients receive and from discriminating against consumers based on age or pre-existing condition.

Described as “Congress’ leading proponent of American manufacturing,” Sen. Brown is working with the Obama Administration on creating a national manufacturing policy that would invest in manufacturing innovation, strengthen our component supply chain, connect workers with emerging industries, and align our trade policies to promote our national interests. He is also working with Ohio’s universities, entrepreneurs, and community stakeholders to use the state’s resources to create new jobs in high-growth industries and make Ohio a national leader in clean energy manufacturing. Since January 2007, he has held more than 200 community roundtables across Ohio’s 88 counties with students, local leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, educators, workers, and families to find ways to rebuild our economy.

As a long-time advocate for fair trade, Sen. Brown has stood up to presidents of both parties on shortsighted trade agreements that ship U.S. jobs overseas. He led the bipartisan opposition to NAFTA in 1993 as a freshman in the U.S. House of Representatives, and to CAFTA in 2005. Sen. Brown is working on trade policies that promote our workers, small businesses, and manufacturers while creating jobs and expanding markets through an aggressive export promotion strategy.

Sen. Brown is also working to ensure that Ohioans receive the education and training needed for 21st century jobs. For several years, he has convened a one-of-its-kind Ohio College Presidents Conference in Washington to discuss ways to leverage federal resources to promote higher education and job training in Ohio.

Sen. Brown serves on the Senate Committee on Finance and on the Senate Banking Committee, where he played an instrumental role in passing the historic Wall Street reform law. He is Chairman of its Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee. He is also the first Ohio Senator in 40 years to serve on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, where he has been instrumental in strengthening the farm safety net and addressing childhood hunger. He is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy Innovation.

From his position on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Sen. Brown has advocated for veterans training programs to ensure that returning service members have access to good-paying, high-demand jobs. He is the only Ohio Senator to serve a full term on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

Prior to serving in the United States Senate, Mr. Brown was a U.S. Representative for the 13th District, Ohio’s Secretary of State, and a member of the Ohio General Assembly. He has also taught in Ohio’s public schools and at The Ohio State University. 

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Sylvia Mathews Burwell was sworn in as the 22nd Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on June 9, 2014. In this position, Secretary Burwell oversees more than 77,000 employees in work that touches the lives of Americans at every age, from every background, in every part of the country. She is committed to the mission of ensuring that every American has access to the building blocks of healthy and productive lives. She has called for HHS to operate under three guiding tenets: to deliver results on a wide range of complex issues, to strengthen the relationships that drive progress, and to build strong teams with the talent and focus needed to deliver impact for the American people.

A results-driven manager, Secretary Burwell has led large and complex organizations across the public and private sectors. Most recently, Ms. Burwell was Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she worked closely with Congress to help return to a more orderly budget and appropriations process that brought needed stability to the economy and middle-class families. She led the Administration’s efforts to deliver a smarter, more innovative, and more accountable government. She oversaw the development of the President’s Second-Term Management Agenda, including efforts to expedite high-impact permitting projects, drive efficiencies, and improve customer service. Additionally, she worked to ensure that our regulatory system protects the health and safety of Americans while promoting economic growth, job creation, and innovation.

Prior to serving in the Administration, Ms. Burwell was President of the Walmart Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas, where she led efforts to fight hunger in America, empower women around the world, and leverage Walmart’s presence in local communities to reach millions of people. During her tenure, the foundation surpassed $1 billion in total giving.

Before joining the foundation in 2012, Ms. Burwell was President of the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, where she spent 10 years working on some of the world’s most pressing challenges, from vaccinations to children’s health to agricultural development. She also served as the foundation’s first Chief Operating Officer.

During the Clinton Administration, Ms. Burwell served as Deputy Director of OMB, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Treasury, and Staff Director of the National Economic Council. Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Ms. Burwell worked for McKinsey & Company. She has served on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, MetLife, and the University of Washington Medical Center, among other organizations.

Secretary Burwell received an AB from Harvard University and a BA from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

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Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)

Representative G. K. Butterfield was elected to serve the First District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election on July 20, 2004, where he continues to serve today. He is a champion of affordable medical care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans. He serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He also sits on the influential Committee on Energy and Commerce as the 8th most senior Democrat on the Health Subcommittee. In addition, he is Co-Chair of the State Medicaid Expansion Caucus.

After earning his law degree, Mr. Butterfield founded a law practice in Wilson, North Carolina, and served the community in that capacity for 14 years. He is best known for his successful litigation of voting rights cases that resulted in the election of African American elected officials. In 1988, Mr. Butterfield was elected as Resident Superior Court judge. In this role, he presided over civil and criminal court in 46 counties of North Carolina. For two years, he served on the North Carolina Supreme Court by appointment of the governor. He retired from the judiciary after 15 years of service and successfully ran for Congress. Rep. Butterfield is a life-long resident of eastern North Carolina and worked tirelessly in the civil rights movement as a youth.

Rep. Butterfield graduated from college and law school at North Carolina Central University.

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Kevin Counihan
Director and Marketplace Chief Executive Officer, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Kevin Counihan joined the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after most recently serving as the CEO of AccessCT, Connecticut’s health insurance exchange. As the AccessCT CEO, he led the successful implementation of the state’s marketplace, where enrollment exceeded expectations. In addition, he was the Director of Marketing for the Massachusetts Connector during the period when Massachusetts was implementing its health reform initiative. 

In his role as Marketplace CEO, Mr. Counihan is responsible and accountable for leading the federal marketplace, managing relationships with state marketplaces, and running the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), which regulates health insurance at the federal level. He has more than 25 years of experience in the commercial health insurance industry. He is also an experienced senior executive with more than three decades of success in business, marketing, operations, product development, and strategic planning for health care organizations. 

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Judy Feder
Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Judy Feder is a professor of public policy and, from 1999 to 2008, served as Dean of what is now the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. A nationally-recognized leader in health policy, she has made her mark on the nation’s health insurance system through both scholarship and public service. A widely published scholar, her health policy research began at the Brookings Institution, continued at the Urban Institute, and, since 1984, flourished at Georgetown University. 

In the late 1980s, Ms. Feder moved from policy research to policy leadership, actively promoting effective health reform as Staff Director of the congressional Pepper Commission (chaired by Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV) in 1989-90; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services during President Bill Clinton’s first term; a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress (2008-2011); and, today, as an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute. 

Ms. Feder matches her contributions to policy with her contributions to nurturing emerging policy leaders. As Dean from 1999 to 2008, she built Georgetown’s Public Policy Institute into one of the nation’s leading public policy schools, whose graduates participate in policymaking, policy research, and policy politics throughout Washington, the nation, and the world. 

Ms. Feder is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the National Academy of Social Insurance. She is also a former Chair and board member of AcademyHealth, a member of the Center for American Progress Action Fund Board, the Board of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Hamilton Project’s Advisory Council. In addition, she was a senior advisor to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. In 2006 and 2008, Ms. Feder was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia’s 10th congressional district. 

Ms. Feder is a political scientist with a BA from Brandeis University and a master's degree and PhD from Harvard University.

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William A. Hazel Jr., MD
Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia

Dr. William A. Hazel Jr. practiced orthopedic surgery in northern Virginia until he became Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth in January 2010. As Secretary, Dr. Hazel oversees 11 state agencies with more than 16,000 employees, including such diverse programs as Medicaid, Behavioral Health, Social Services, and Aging and Rehabilitation. These combined agencies spend approximately one-third of Virginia's budget. 

During his first term as Secretary, Dr. Hazel led the Virginia health reform Initiative and helped establish the Virginia Center for Health Innovation. He served as the Founding Chair of ConnectVirginia, Virginia's health information exchange. He also negotiated an agreement with the Department of Justice to improve services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, Dr. Hazel has become nationally recognized for leading an enterprise information technology transformation in Health and Human Resources. He has devoted significant energy to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the HHR agencies. 

As a founding member of Commonwealth Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Dr. Hazel gained extensive experience working in the health care system while helping lead a large group practice. He has served as a trustee of the American Medical Association, Speaker and President of the Medical Society of Virginia, President of the INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital Medical Staff, and Chair of the Medical Affairs Council of the INOVA Health System. His professional experience also includes working as a team physician for the Chantilly High School Chargers, serving as an assistant orthopedist for the Washington Redskins, and serving as team physician for DC United soccer team.

Dr. Hazel received his BS in civil engineering at Princeton University. He earned his MD at Duke University School of Medicine and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic.

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Mila Kofman
Executive Director, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority

Mila Kofman is the Executive Director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority. Appointed to the position by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, Ms. Kofman is a nationally-recognized expert on private health insurance markets and has worked with states and all stakeholders to implement health insurance reforms. Her approach is informed by her hands-on experience as the former Superintendent of Insurance in Maine implementing health insurance reforms, being a former federal regulator working with states to implement HIPAA reforms of the 1990s, studying state-based reform efforts and markets, and working with employer purchasing coalitions seeking to leverage purchasing power for sustainable financing of medical care.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Kofman was on the faculty at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute as a Research Professor and Project Director. She has also advised state officials on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

As the Superintendent of Insurance in Maine from 2008 to 2011, Ms. Kofman regulated a multi-billion dollar insurance industry, heading an agency with 70+ staff and a multi-million dollar budget. A gubernatorial appointee, she was nominated and first confirmed in 2008 and in 2010 was re-nominated and unanimously reconfirmed to a new term. Her effective alliances with business groups, the insurance industry, consumer and patient advocates, physicians, trial attorneys, and sister state agencies helped improve the state’s insurance market for consumers and companies. The property and casualty market improved its ranking to third best in the nation. Ms. Kofman was successful in her priority legislative initiatives, and some passed unanimously. She also successfully undertook agency restructuring. She realigned resources to clear backlogs and improve services for the community; created a market conduct examination unit that was responsible for ensuring compliance with the state’s laws; created a formal and more effective enforcement process, going from a few to dozens of active enforcement cases; and improved consumer services processes, making it easier for consumers to get help. Ms. Kofman also improved transparency and government accountability by holding public hearings around the state on health insurance rates, efforts that served as a model for other states and that were recognized by the White House.

In addition to serving on the governor’s steering committee on health reform implementation in 2010, Ms. Kofman served in key leadership positions at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). She was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the northeast zone and served on the NAIC’s Executive Committee; chaired the Health Insurance Regulatory Framework Task Force (responsible for ACA changes to NAIC models); co-chaired the Consumer Information Working Group (statutory working group under ACA with diverse membership of regulators, industry, consumers, physicians, agents, and other stakeholders); and was a member of the (B) Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee, the Exchanges Working group, the Executive Committee’s Professional Health Insurance Advisors Task Force, and the Anti-Fraud Task Force. She was also a member of the Life Insurance and Market Regulation committees. In addition, she held the NAIC seat on URAC’s Board of Directors.

From 2001 to 2008, Ms. Kofman was an Associate Research Professor and Project Director at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. She studied state private health insurance market reforms, regulation, products (including alternative products like discount cards), and financing strategies. She rejoined the faculty at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute in 2011 as a Research Professor and Project Director.

In addition to more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, Ms. Kofman’s work included papers on group purchasing and private-public purchasing partnerships (precursors to exchanges). She led groundbreaking research on associations that continues to be used widely. Ms. Kofman was the first in the nation to document the third cycle of health insurance scams (a report published by BNA), research that informed a GAO study and a subsequent congressional hearing. She has testified before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and state legislatures. She also served as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases. Ms. Kofman served on the NAIC Consumer Participation Board of Trustees for six years, the Board of Directors for URAC for five years, and was co-editor for the Journal of Insurance Regulation for three years. In 2007, she was recognized by the American Council on Consumer Interests and was the 2007 Esther Peterson Consumer Policy Forum Speaker.

From 1997 to 2001, Ms. Kofman was a federal regulator at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she worked on legislation and implemented HIPAA and related laws. She was honored with the Labor Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Award. In 2000, she was appointed Special Assistant to the Senior Health Care Advisor to the President at the White House to work on legislative and regulatory initiatives, including the Patients’ Bill of Rights, long-term care insurance, nursing home reform, and ERISA reform.

Ms. Kofman has appeared on NPR, CNN, CBS Evening News, and ABC News and has been cited in BusinessWeek, Consumer Reports, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, the AP, and other press. Her blogs have appeared in Huffington Post, Health Affairs, and The New Republic.

Ms. Kofman holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA in government and politics from the University of Maryland (summa cum laude).

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Bruce Lesley
President, First Focus

Mr. Lesley has more than 20 years of public policy experience at all levels of government and a demonstrated commitment to making children’s lives better. At First Focus, he directs all aspects of the group’s policy development and internal operations.

During his 12 years on Capitol Hill, Mr. Lesley worked on health care, education, human services, and immigration issues in several different capacities. Most recently, he was Senior Health Policy Advisor on the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. He also worked for U.S. Senator Bob Graham on the Senate Finance Committee, served as minority Chief of Staff for the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and was an aide in the offices of U.S. Representatives Ronald Coleman and Diana DeGette.

Mr. Lesley has also advocated for better health care for children as the Director of Congressional Relations for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and as Director of Government Relations for Thomason General Hospital, a public hospital in El Paso, Texas. 

Mr. Lesley holds a BA in government and politics from the University of Maryland University College. He also attended the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas at Austin.

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

Larry Levitt is Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation and Senior Advisor to the President of the foundation. Among other duties, he is Co-Executive Director of the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance. He previously was Editor-in-Chief of, the foundation’s online health policy news and information service, and he directed the foundation’s communications and online activities and its Changing Health Care Marketplace Project.

Prior to joining the Kaiser Family Foundation, he was a Senior Health Policy Advisor to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services, where he worked on developing President Clinton’s Health Security Act and other health policy initiatives. Earlier, he was the Special Assistant for Health Policy with California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, a medical economist with Kaiser Permanente, and he served in a number of positions in the Massachusetts state government.

Mr. Levitt holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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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

John McDonough is Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Director of the HSPH Center for Executive and Continuing Professional Education. In 2010, he was the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College in New York City. Between 2008 and 2010, he was a Senior Advisor on National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, where he worked on the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Between 2003 and 2008, Mr. McDonough was Executive Director of Health Care for All, Massachusetts’ leading consumer health advocacy organization, where he played a key role in passage and implementation of the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law. Between 1998 and 2003, he was an Associate Professor at the Heller School at Brandeis University and a Senior Associate at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy. From 1985 to 1997, was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he co-chaired the Joint Committee on Health Care.

Mr. McDonough’s articles have appeared in Health Affairs, the New England Journal of Medicine, and other journals. He has written three books, Inside National Health Reform, Experiencing Politics: A Legislator’s Stories of Government and Health Care, and Interests, Ideas, and Deregulation: The Fate of Hospital Rate Setting.
Mr. McDonough received a doctorate in public health from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

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Mike Perry
Partner, PerryUndem Research/Communications

Mike Perry has conducted public policy research for 23 years for nonprofit organizations, foundations, universities, issue organizations, and government agencies. He works on today’s most pressing public issues, including poverty, obesity and hunger issues, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, children’s issues, global development assistance, and substance use. Mr. Perry specializes in health care research, particularly issues relating to health reform, the uninsured, public health coverage programs (Medicaid and Medicare), and more.

Mr. Perry’s studies have received national attention. For example, he conducted research on New Yorkers who lost health coverage after 9/11 about their access to health care. He also went to New Orleans soon after Hurricane Katrina to interview low-income and medically needy survivors to learn about their health care challenges and highlight their medical needs. More recently, he has focused on health reform, and he is leading studies in a number of states and for national education campaigns to help prepare the public to enroll in health coverage.

Before co-founding PerryUndem, Mr. Perry was a partner at the national polling firm Lake Research Partners for 16 years.  

Mr. Perry has a BA in English from Mt. St. Mary’s University and an MA in International Relations from the University of Southern California.

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Brian Smedley
Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity

Brian Smedley is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, a project that connects research, policy analysis, and communications with on-the-ground activism to advance health equity. In this role, he oversees several initiatives designed to improve opportunities for good health for people of color and to undo the health consequences of racism. 

From 2008 to 2014, Dr. Smedley was Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C., a research and policy organization focused on addressing the needs of communities of color. Formerly, Dr. Smedley was Research Director and Co-Founder of a communications, research, and policy organization, The Opportunity Agenda, which seeks to build the national will to expand opportunity for all. Prior to helping launch The Opportunity Agenda, he was a Senior Program Officer in the Division of Health Sciences Policy of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), where he served as Study Director for the IOM reports, In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce and Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, among other reports on diversity in the health professions and minority health research policy.  

Dr. Smedley came to the IOM from the American Psychological Association, where he worked on a wide range of social, health, and education policy topics in his capacity as Director for Public Interest Policy. Prior to that, Dr. Smedley was a Congressional Science Fellow in the office of Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-VA), sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Among his awards and distinctions, in 2013, Dr. Smedley received the American Public Health Association’s Cornely Award for social activism. In 2009, he received the Congressional Black Caucus’s Congressional Leadership in Advocacy Award. In 2004, he was honored by the Rainbow/PUSH coalition as a “Health Trailblazer” award winner. And in 2002, he was awarded the Congressional Black Caucus’s “Healthcare Hero” award.  

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Paul Taylor
Senior Fellow, Pew Research Center

Paul Taylor is a Senior Fellow at the Pew Research Center. He is the author of The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown, a new book that examines generations and the country’s changing demographics. He previously served as the center’s Executive Vice President, where he oversaw demographic, social, and generational research. He has lectured at numerous colleges and frequently discusses Pew Research Center studies in print and broadcast media.

From 1996 through 2003, Mr. Taylor was President and Board Chairman of the Alliance for Better Campaigns. Before that, he was a newspaper reporter for 25 years, the last 14 of which he spent at The Washington Post, where he covered national politics and served as a foreign correspondent. From 1992 to 1995, he was the Post’s bureau chief in South Africa and reported on the historic transformation from apartheid to democracy. He also covered four U.S. presidential campaigns. He twice served as the visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, in 1989 and 1995. Mr. Taylor is also the author of See How They Run and co-author of The Old News Versus the New News.  

Mr. Taylor has a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Yale University. 

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Catherine Teare
Senior Program Officer, California Healthcare Foundation

Catherine Teare is a Senior Program Officer for the California Healthcare Foundation's Health Reform and Public Programs Initiative, which works to support and monitor the implementation of health reform and to advance the effectiveness of California's public coverage programs. She leads the foundation's work on enrollment in public programs and manages projects related to the county’s role in health care delivery and to behavioral and oral health care.

Ms. Teare has worked on health policy issues in California for more than 20 years. Before joining the foundation, she worked as a consultant for safety net health care providers, foundations, and local government, providing research and policy analysis in the areas of health care financing and delivery, public and private health insurance programs for children, adolescent health, reproductive health, HIV, and youth development. She also worked as Director of Policy for Children Now and as a Health Policy Analyst for the National Center for Youth Law.

Ms. Teare received her bachelor's degree in English from Yale College and a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.  

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Reed Tuckson, MD
Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections

Dr. Reed Tuckson is currently the managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, LLC, a health and medical care consulting business that brings people and ideas together to promote optimal health outcomes and value through innovation and integration across the fields of prevention, public health, consumer activation, quality care delivery, the translation of science and technology into value-producing interventions, and the optimization of big data and analytics. 

Previously, he enjoyed a long tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 25 health and wellbeing company that includes the nation’s largest health insurer and the industry’s most comprehensive health services company. A Section 16 officer of the company, Dr. Tuckson was a member of the Executive Operating Committee and responsible for oversight of the company’s foundation.

A recognized leader in his field, he is proud to have been featured by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2012 as one of the “Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America,” and Modern Healthcare Magazine has listed him several times as one of the “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives” in health care. A member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH, he is an active member of the Institute of Medicine, serving in a leadership position on the use of data and analytics in health care. Dr. Tuckson is President-Elect and a Board Member of the American Telemedicine Association and a Trustee of the Board at Howard University. Previously, he was on The Rockefeller University’s Board of Trustees and has served on several U.S. government cabinet-level health advisory committees concerned with health reform, infant mortality, children’s health, violence, and radiation testing.  

Dr. Tuckson’s corporate experience includes service as a board member of Cell Therapeutics, Inc., a public corporation concerned with the development of cancer pharmaceuticals; Inform Genomics, Inc., a private company focused on developing novel platforms of genomic-based personalized medicine products for cancer supportive care; LifePoint Hospitals, a leading hospital company dedicated to providing high-value care and services to growing regions, rural communities, and vibrant small towns across the nation; and Neptune Technologies & Bioressources and its subsidiary, Acasti Pharma, Canadian-based companies engaged in research and commercialization of marine-derived omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Dr. Tuckson is a special advisor to the CEO of ViTel Net, LLC, a leading innovator in telehealth solutions. Additionally, he consults with several public-sector health communications and telehealth companies. Formerly, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Baxter International. Dr. Tuckson has also served as the Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia, SVP for Professional Standards of the AMA, SVP of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.  

Dr. Tuckson is the author of The Doctor in the Mirror, an ongoing book and media project that supports senior engagement to enhance health and medical care outcomes. 

Dr. Tuckson is a graduate of Howard University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s General Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar studying at the Wharton School of Business.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Elizabeth Warren, a fearless consumer advocate who has made fighting for middle-class families her life’s work, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. She is widely credited for the original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. President Obama asked her to set up the new agency to hold Wall Street banks and other financial institutions accountable and to protect consumers from financial tricks and traps. 

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Ms. Warren served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Her independent and tireless efforts to protect taxpayers, to hold Wall Street accountable, and to ensure tough oversight of both the Bush and Obama Administrations won praise from both sides of the aisle. She is recognized as one of the nation's top experts on bankruptcy and the financial pressures facing middle-class families. The Boston Globe has called her "the plainspoken voice of people getting crushed by so many predatory lenders and under regulated banks" and named her Bostonian of the Year, and TIME magazine called her a "New Sheriff of Wall Street" for her oversight efforts. 

Before taking public office, Ms. Warren was a law professor for more than 30 years, including nearly 20 years as the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She taught courses on commercial law, contracts, and bankruptcy. The graduating class at Harvard twice recognized her with the Sacks-Freund Award for excellence in teaching. She has written more than 100 articles and nine books, including three national best-sellers: A Fighting Chance, The Two-Income Trap, and All Your Worth. National Law Journal named her one of the Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade, TIME twice named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and she has been honored by the Massachusetts Women's Bar Association with the Lelia J. Robinson Award.

Sen. Warren is a graduate of the University of Houston and Rutgers School of Law.

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Alan Weil
Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs

Alan Weil became the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs on June 1, 2014. A multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the serious exploration of domestic and international health policy and system change, Health Affairs is the nation’s leading journal focusing on issues that are at the intersection of health, health care, and policy.

For the previous decade, Mr. Weil was the Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and policy organization. Previously, he directed the Urban Institute's Assessing the New Federalism project, one of the largest privately funded social policy research projects ever undertaken in the United States. He also held a cabinet position as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, and he was Assistant General Counsel in the Massachusetts Department of Medical Security.

Mr. Weil is a frequent speaker on national and state health policy, Medicaid, federalism, and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He is the co-editor of two books, publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals, has testified before Congress several times, and is called upon by major media outlets for his knowledge and analysis. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine's Board on Health Care Services and the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Consumer Health Foundation in Washington, D.C., and of the Board of Directors of the Essential Hospitals Institute. 

Mr. Weil earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a JD from Harvard Law School.