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CREATING A STORY BANK: THE WHYS AND HOWS
Congressional B

Stories are a key tool for putting a human face on complex policy issues. This workshop will provide an overview of story banking, explain how to collect and properly vet stories, and help you develop a usable narrative.

PRESENTERS:
Cate Bonacini, Families USA
Jenna Temkin, Families USA

IMPROVING CHILD AND MATERNAL HEALTH IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
Columbia C

To have healthy children, we need healthy mothers. This workshop will explain the connection between reproductive justice and better health outcomes for mothers and babies of color, highlight effective interventions, and discuss the importance of CHIP and Medicaid.

PRESENTERS:
Elizabeth Dawes Gay, Echoing Ida-Strong Families Movement
Heidi Williamson, Center for American Progress
Joan Yengo, Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care

MODERATOR:
Jacqueline Ayers, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

KEY CONCEPTS IN DELIVERY AND PAYMENT REFORM
Columbia Foyer

Accountable care organizations, bundled payments, shared savings. What do these terms mean, and what do advocates need to know about their benefits and risks? This workshop will introduce you to delivery and payment reform strategies and discuss questions advocates should consider about them.

PRESENTERS:
Cynthia Keltner, Aligning Forces for Quality
Deborah Roseman, Aligning Forces for Quality

MODERATOR:
Joseph Ditré, Families USA

KEY CONCEPTS IN EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE
Congressional CD

This skills-based workshop will provide an overview of evidence-based medicine. It will highlight issues advocates need to understand, including the types and sources of evidence, judging the quality of evidence, and how evidence can be used in new payment and delivery reform models.

PRESENTER:
Dr. Tianjing Li, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

MEASURING THE SUCCESS OF MEDICAID EXPANSION
Congressional A

This workshop will help advocates in recently expanded states show that their expansion is working for low-income people and state economies. It will offer advice on where to find data and how to report it for maximum effect. These peer state data can help keep “at-risk” expansions up and running and help advocates in non-expansion states make the case for expansion.

PRESENTERS:
Jim Carnes, Alabama ARISE
Regan Hunt, Kentucky Voices for Health

MODERATOR:
John McDonough, Harvard School of Public Health

THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF ENROLLMENT PROGRAM DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION, AND EVALUATION
Columbia A

Learn how to build a sustainable, statewide enrollment program; use data to track the newly-insured; better target the uninsured; and evaluate your efforts. Experts from Florida and Wisconsin will share their tips, tactics, and strategies.

PRESENTERS:
Melanie Hall, The Family Healthcare Foundation (Presentation)
Lisa Olson, Wisconsin Primary Care Association (Presentation)
Jodi Ray, Florida Covering Kids and Families Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Mothers and Babies (Presentation)

MODERATOR:
Jessica Kendall, Families USA

POLITICAL MESSAGING AND EFFECTIVE ISSUE CAMPAIGNS
Columbia B

The mid-term elections made it harder for our traditional allies to win state legislative campaigns. We will discuss the challenges of messaging around Obamacare and the results of recent focus groups and polling.

PRESENTERS:
Jesse Cross-Call, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Lucy Dagneau, Community Catalyst
Katherine Howitt, Community Catalyst
Adam Searing, Georgetown Center for Children and Families

MODERATOR:
Patrick Willard, Families USA

WOMEN’S HEALTH IN 2015: WHY YOUR VOICE MATTERS
Regency D

This skill-building workshop will look at how advocates can become strong voices in women’s health coalitions, as well as how to effectively engage women's groups in consumer health coalitions.

PRESENTERS:
Cecilia Sáenz Becerra, National Women's Health Network/Raising Women's Voices
Leni Preston, Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform (Presentation)
Ashley Wheeland, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (Presentation)


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ADVOCATING FOR PEOPLE WITH PRIVATE INSURANCE
Columbia Foyer

What can you do when things go wrong for consumers with private insurance? Tactics include appealing to health plans, talking to plan officials, meeting with state insurance departments or marketplace boards, changing state laws, and pushing for federal changes. Learn how to successfully advocate for consumers’ concerns and improve private insurance.

PRESENTERS:
Jesse Ellis O’Brien, OSPIRG (Presentation)
Cindy Zeldin, Georgians for a Healthy Future (Presentation)

MODERATOR:
Cheryl Fish-Parcham, Families USA (Presentation)

THE FACE-OFF: HOW TO HANDLE MEDIA INTERVIEWS
Columbia B

This role-playing session will focus on staying on message during media interviews. The skills taught in this hands-on workshop are essential for organization spokespeople and valuable for any advocates who need to deal with the media. 

PRESENTERS:
Becky Watt Knight, GYMR Public Relations
Patrick McCabe, GYMR Public Relations

THE FUTURE OF CHIP AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH COVERAGE
Columbia A

This workshop will examine the current landscape and future prospects for children’s coverage. Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) must be extended this year, and there are issues with children’s coverage in marketplace and job-based insurance. We’ll explore these and other challenges. 

PRESENTERS:
Elizabeth Wright Burak, Georgetown Center for Children and Families (Presentation)
Carrie Fitzgerald, First Focus (Presentation)
Joe Fu, Children's Action Alliance (AZ)
Michael Perry, PerryUndem Research/Communications

MODERATOR:
Shannon Donahue Attanasio, Families USA

MEDICAID EXPANSION AND WAIVERS
Congressional B

More states are considering using Section 1115 waivers to expand Medicaid. This workshop looks at what CMS has— and hasn’t—approved, what these waivers might mean for Medicaid, and the role waivers play in the politics of moving expansion forward. 

PRESENTERS:
Marquita Little, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (Presentation)
Ryan Sullivan, Michigan Consumers for Healthcare

MODERATOR:
Dee Mahan, Families USA (Presentation)

NETWORK ADEQUACY AND SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS
Regency D

Health plans must enable enrollees to obtain timely, appropriate care without traveling too far or facing unreasonable bills. We'll discuss opportunities for ensuring that plans have adequate provider networks and for preventing surprise “balance bills," including stronger state and federal standards and advocacy strategies for achieving them. 

PRESENTERS:
Beth Capell, Health Access California (Presentation)
Claire McAndrew, Families USA (Presentation)
Amanda Peden, Community Service Society of New York (Presentation)

MODERATOR:
Stephanie Mohl, American Heart Association and NAIC Consumer Representative

OUTREACH AND POLICY TIPS FOR REACHING AND ENROLLING DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Columbia C

Are you looking for ideas on how to get people enrolled and keep them enrolled? This panel will discuss how to enroll diverse populations, such as people with disabilities, people in the justice system, and students, as well as how to keep them enrolled. 

PRESENTERS:
Ambar Calvillo, Enroll America (Presentation)
Karl Cooper, American Association on Health and Disability (Presentation)
Lindsay Nelson, Kentucky Primary Care Association (Presentation)
Oliver Vera, Oregon Healthy Kids (Presentation)

MODERATOR:
Jessica Kendall, Families USA

UPDATE ON LGBTQ PEOPLE OF COLOR: FOCUS ON TRANSGENDER HEALTH
Congressional A

LGBTQ people of color face huge health disparities and multiple barriers to getting quality care. This roundtable discussion will update you on enrollment and data collection efforts, and we'll address transgender health care issues in more depth. 

PRESENTERS:
Kellan Baker, Center for American Progress
Joanna Cifredo, D.C. Rape Crisis Center
Anand Kalra, Transgender Law Center

MODERATOR:
Kimberly Inez McGuire, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

USING MEDICAL EVIDENCE TO DESIGN HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS
Congressional CD

How health insurance benefits are designed is important to how health care works. Linking benefit design to medical evidence can improve access to high-value care. We'll focus on how to increase the use of high-quality evidence in benefit design, highlighting best practices for ensuring that evidence is used to improve quality and access to evidence-based care. 

PRESENTERS:
Dr. A. Mark Fendrick, University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (Presentation)
Dr. Steven Pearson, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER)
Brian Rosman, Health Care For All Massachusetts

MODERATOR:
Caitlin Morris, Families USA


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ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS IN 2015 AND BEYOND
Congressional B

The federal government is revising requirements for states’ Essential Health Benefits for future plan years, and states will have the opportunity to redefine their Essential Health Benefits for the 2017 plan year. We'll discuss how advocates plan to influence these processes at the state and the federal levels. 

PRESENTERS:
Leah Barber-Heinz, Florida CHAIN (Presentation)
Michelle Lilienfeld, National Health Law Program (Presentation)

MODERATOR:
Dania Palanker, National Women's Law Center (Presentation)

EXPANDING ACCESS TO ORAL HEALTH CARE
Congressional CD

Millions of Americans struggle to obtain basic dental care. We'll discuss state and national advocacy efforts to address this problem, including improving pediatric dental coverage in marketplaces, expanding adult dental coverage in Medicaid, and increasing the oral health workforce. 

PRESENTERS:
Christina Peters, Children's Alliance (Presentation)
Colin Reusch, Children's Dental Health Project (Presentation)

MODERATOR:
David Jordan, Community Catalyst

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR STORY BANK
Yellowstone/Everglades

This workshop is for groups who already have a story bank. Speakers will highlight methods to help your organization creatively use storytelling to increase public awareness and effect change, including digital advocacy, video production, and integrating stories into campaign materials. 

PRESENTERS:
Airrion Andrews, Families USA
Jennifer Lawhorne, Families USA

KEY CONCEPTS IN QUALITY MEASUREMENT
Columbia Foyer

This skills-based workshop will provide an overview of quality measurement. It will highlight key issues that advocates need to know, including the players and organizations, measure sets, and best practices for selecting measures for new payment and delivery reform models. 

PRESENTER:
Ted Rooney, Maine Quality Counts/Maine Health Management Coalition

MEDICAID EXPANSION: GETTING THE MESSAGING AND MESSENGERS RIGHT
Columbia C

Moving Medicaid expansion forward requires building strong coalitions, developing good messages, and working with nontraditional partners. This workshop looks at strategies for engaging diverse partners to take the Medicaid expansion message to statehouses. 

PRESENTERS:
RyLee Curtis, Utah Health Policy Project
Brian Johns, Virginia Organizing

MODERATOR:
Patrick Willard, Families USA

TACKLING HEALTH DISPARITIES USING DELIVERY SYSTEM INNOVATIONS IN MEDICAID
Regency D

As states redesign their Medicaid programs to achieve the Triple Aim, addressing health disparities must be a central goal. We'll review promising delivery reform strategies that target disparities, including “hot-spotting" and integrating community health workers into health systems. 

PRESENTERS:
Charlie Alfero, Hidalgo Medical Services Center for Health Innovation (Presentation)
Joan Cleary, Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance (Presentation)
Crystal McDonald, Faith in New Jersey (Presentation)

MODERATOR:
Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Families USA

UPDATE ON IMMIGRANTS' ACCESS TO HEALTH COVERAGE AND CARE
Columbia B

This roundtable will provide an overview of efforts to connect immigrants to culturally-competent, languageaccessible coverage and care. After an update on the President's executive action on immigration, we'll discuss enrolling mixed-status families, including proofing identity and immigration status, and efforts to compel marketplaces to provide language-accessible coverage. 

PRESENTERS:
Elizabeth Colvin, Foundation Communities
Angel Padilla, National Immigration Law Center

A VIEW FROM THE HILL
Columbia A

Senior-level congressional staff members will share their insights on what Congress will do in 2015 on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 

PRESENTERS:
Anne Dwyer, Senate Finance Committee
Srinu Sonti, Office of Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Rodney Whitlock, Office of Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA)

MODERATOR:
Shannon Donahue Attanasio, Families USA
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ACCESS TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
Regency D

Serious disparities in minorities' access to behavioral health care persist. We'll discuss the relationship between racism, poverty, and behavioral health. And we'll examine strategies for improving access, including enforcing mental health parity, incorporating community providers in coverage, and investing in targeted interventions. 

PRESENTERS:
Henry Acosta, Acosta Consulting
Teresa Chapas, NHMA

MODERATOR:
Daniel Dawes, Morehouse School of Medicine

ADDRESSING BARRIERS TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
Columbia B

Having insurance does not guarantee access to quality providers, particularly for communities of color. This workshop will present strategies for addressing these barriers, such as improving provider access in Medicaid, including essential community providers in plan networks, and tackling provider shortages. 

PRESENTERS:
Dawn Coley, National Indian Health Board
Abbi Coursolle, National Health Law Program (Presentation)
Nadia Siddiqui, Texas Health Institute (Presentation)

MODERATOR:
Brian Smedley, National Collaborative for Health Equity

ASSISTING CONSUMERS: FROM COVERAGE TO CARE
Columbia C

Many consumers need more than application assistance. Experts will discuss how they help consumers with postenrollment issues, such as finding providers, getting care, and the appeals process. They'll also talk about potential funding opportunities for assisters. 

PRESENTERS:
Phillip Bergquist, Michigan Primary Care Association
Debra Holmgren, Portico Healthnet
Cardiss Jacobs, Office of Health Care Ombudsman and Bill of Rights

MODERATOR:
Rachel Klein, Families USA

COMMUNICATIONS ON A DIME: HOW ORGANIZATIONS WITH TIGHT BUDGETS CAN REACH CONSUMERS
Yellowstone/Everglades

Using digital marketing can help your organization reach more consumers and spread your message. Learn how a small nonprofit can amplify its message using social media, and learn how groups on a budget can directly engage consumers using online platforms 

PRESENTERS:
Leah Barber-Heinz, Florida CHAIN (Presentation)
Justin Kolikof, Families USA (Presentation)
Jason Stevenson, Utah Health Policy Project

MODERATOR:
Carla Uriona, Families USA

FOUNDATION PERSPECTIVES ON HEALTH PHILANTHROPY IN 2015
Columbia A

Join a discussion with senior officers from leading foundations about the priorities and strategies foundations will use to support efforts—particularly at the state and local levels—to improve access to quality, affordable health care. 

PRESENTERS:
M. Ryan Barker, Missouri Foundation for Health
Gail Christopher, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Katherine Hempstead, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

MODERATOR:
Eileen Salinsky, Grantmakers In Health

HOLDING PROVIDERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR IMPROVING HEALTH CARE QUALITY
Congressional CD

State and federal governments are focusing on strategies to induce providers to control costs. But it's just as important to encourage providers to improve quality. We'll discuss the nuances of measure selection for accountability and best practices for tying quality metrics to payment. 

PRESENTERS:
Paul Cotton, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) (Presentation)
Elizabeth Krause, Connecticut Health Foundation (Presentation)

MODERATOR:
Dr. James Kimmey, Saint Louis University School of Public Health

IMPROVING COST-SHARING AND PREMIUM AFFORDABILITY IN THE MARKETPLACE
Columbia Foyer

High out-of-pocket costs can be serious barriers to care. Some states are taking steps to help modest-income residents with these costs. They are developing standardized plans with manageable cost-sharing, setting additional cost-sharing limits, or establishing Basic Health plans. Learn about these tactics to help push your state forward. 

PRESENTERS:
Suzanne Curry, Health Care For All Massachusetts (Presentation)
Sarah Greenfield, Take Action MN (Presentation)
Lydia Mitts, Families USA (Presentation)

MODERATOR:
Cheryl Fish-Parcham, Families USA

MEDICAID ENROLLMENT
Congressional B

We'll discuss best practices for getting Medicaid-eligible individuals enrolled in coverage, including fast-track enrollment strategies. We'll also talk about troubleshooting enrollment problems, particularly for immigrant populations. 

PRESENTERS:
Donna Cohen-Ross, CMS
Shelby Gonzales, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Cathleen Kaufmann, Families USA

MODERATOR:
Philippe Villers, Families USA


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ACCESS TO CARE FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR WITH HIV/AIDS UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
Regency D

With the right care, people can live with HIV as a chronic condition. But huge racial and ethnic disparities persist for HIV-positive people of color. Learn how health reform improved access for some and the remaining challenges around access to providers and treatments. 

PRESENTERS:
Douglass Brooks, White House Office of National AIDS Policy
Dr. Bambi Gaddist, South Carolina AIDS/HIV Council (Presentation)
Erin Loubier, Whitman-Walker Health
Xavier Robinson, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
Wayne Turner, National Health Law Program

MODERATOR:
Ronald Johnson, AIDS United

BUILDING A MOVEMENT: INSIGHTS FOR EMERGING PROFESSIONALS
Columbia Foyer

Building a movement takes experience and skill. Movement leaders will discuss the challenges and successes they’ve experienced on the ground, and they’ll inspire new leaders to “carry the social justice torch” forward in health care and beyond. 

PRESENTERS:
Keshia Bradford, Health Center Association of Nebraska
Farooq Salahuddin, Enroll America
Aaron Smith, Young Invincibles
Kathy Waligora, EverThrive Illinois
Ashley Wheeland, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

MODERATOR
Ezra Watland, Enroll America

DEVELOPING MEANINGFUL CONSUMER ENGAGEMENT IN HEALTH SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION
Columbia B

The consumer perspective is critical to many areas of health system transformation, from clinical research to implementing new care delivery models. We'll discuss efforts to improve consumer engagement in diverse fields of health system transformation and strategies for ensuring that the consumer voice is represented 

PRESENTERS:
Kim Bailey, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) (Presentation
Whitney Buchmann, Camden Churches Organized for People (Presentation)
Ana Castellar, Camden Churches Organized for People 

MODERATOR:
Shannon Brownlee, The Lown Institute

ISSUES IN PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE
Yosemite

The high cost of prescription drugs is problematic for consumers, health plans, and government programs. We'll discuss tips for helping people appeal denials of drug coverage by insurers (including Part D and marketplace plans), as well as "big picture" trends in drug pricing and the cost of specialty drugs. 

PRESENTERS:
Kim Calder, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
John Rother, National Coalition on Health Care

MODERATOR:
Dr. Robert Crittenden, Office of the Governor, State of Washington

KEEPING THE FAITH IN OBAMACARE
Columbia A

Many advocates have worked with faith communities to advance health reform in their states. We will examine the challenges and opportunities involved in working with the faith leaders in your state, from enrollment to Medicaid expansion and more. 

PRESENTERS:
Cathy Levine, UHCAN Ohio
Joe Martinez, Health Action New Mexico

MODERATOR:
Jeff Kirsch, Council for a Strong America

STATE INITIATIVES THAT PUSH THE ENVELOPE
Yellowstone/Everglades

This workshop will share ideas and examples that advocates can use to design "new state initiatives" that push the envelope. Examples will include Vermont's movement toward universal coverage, and innovative delivery system reforms in Massachusetts. 

PRESENTERS:
Brian Rosman, Health Care For All Massachusetts (Presentation)
Falko Schilling, Vermont Public Interest Research Group (Presentation)

MODERATOR:
Philippe Villers, Families USA


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