Opening Plenary - Building Real Progress

Leading lawmakers, a key federal official, and the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs mapped out the opportunities and challenges for health care in the coming year. | Transcript (PDF)

  • 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


Thursday Special Presentation - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Sen. Warren stopped by to deliver a special address about health care legislation that she is sponsoring and the political realities we will face in the near future. | Transcript (PDF)


Thursday Luncheon Plenary - Health Reform 2.0: A Call to Action

Ron Pollack provided an overview of Families USA’s Call to Action that articulates a health reform agenda for the future. And Dr. Reed Tuckson discussed his reflections and observations on this agenda. | Transcript (PDF)

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


Thursday Afternoon Plenary - Update on the Health Insurance Marketplaces and the Second Open Enrollment Period

Key officials painted a picture of the current state of the health insurance marketplaces, explore enrollment strategies that have succeeded at the state and local levels, and provided an update on the second open enrollment period. | Transcript (PDF)

  • 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


Friday Morning Plenary - The Future of Medicaid Expansions and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

This presentation provided 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. | Transcript (PDF)

  • Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus
  • Mike Perry, Partner, Perry Undem Research/Communication
  • MODERATOR: Jennifer Beeson, Deputy Executive Director, Families USA


Friday Networking Luncheon with Special Presentation from Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Advocates had the chance to chat with their colleagues from across the country. This informal opportunity allowed participants to share stories, best practices and to get better acquainted. The session also included a Health Action Showcase of materials and displays used by state organizations. | Transcript (PDF)


Friday Afternoon Plenary - Competing Visions for the Future of Health Care

This debate-style plenary explored several proposals and possible directions for the future of health reform from both sides of the political spectrum. | Transcript (PDF)

  • 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


Friday Evening Awards Reception


Saturday Morning Plenary - How Are Demographics Shifting in the United States, and What Does That Mean for Health Care?

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

  • 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


Saturday Afternoon Closing Plenary

Our lunch to close out Health Action 2015 got us inspired, energized, and prepared to work to protect and improve health coverage and care for consumers in the year ahead. | Transcript (PDF)

  • 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