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Thursday, January 23

Reaching Key Demographics: Online Tactics to Engage People of Color
This skills building workshop will provide advocates with an overview of the media landscape in minority media—traditional and new—and equip you with useful tips and tools for engaging more effectively with these increasingly influential demographic groups.

Keeping the Faith in Obamacare
This workshop will look at ways that clergy and faith organizations can be involved in the fight for affordable, accessible health care for all. Speakers will discuss opportunities for policy advocacy, as well as education and organizing strategies.

Affordable Care Act 101: Digging into the Basics
This session will introduce advocates to new policy and advocacy issues arising in 2014, relating to the Affordable Care Act. We’ll walk through the building blocks of the ACA, including Health Insurance Exchanges, the basics of Medicaid Expansion, and the policy issues that continue to arise.

Innovative Outreach Strategies to Reach the Uninsured
New coverage options are here, but many people who are eligible don't know about them or about how to apply. We'll discuss innovative outreach and public education strategies that can help you target gaps in awareness and prepare for the next phase of public education.

Immigrant Populations and Access to Health Care
Immigrant populations pose many unique challenges for advocates who are working on outreach and enrollment. This panel will discuss how to address these challenges and how immigration reform might change immigrants' future access to health care.

Designing Health Insurance that Works for Low-Income Populations
This workshop will focus on the status of the Basic Health program, benefit design in Medicaid, and the prospects for reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Innovation in Medicaid: Payment and Delivery Reform
This workshop will explore payment and delivery reform efforts in Medicaid and give advocates a chance to hear about what’s hot in other states. We'll feature speakers from states that are pursuing innovative models to achieve the "Triple Aim" in Medicaid.

Marketplace Operations and Improvements
Hear how marketplaces have tackled problems like enrollment glitches, consumer confusion, and more. Learn key lessons from other states, share tips for optimal marketplace operations, and get advice from your colleagues on how to improve marketplaces for next year and beyond.

Building the Best Enrollment Assistance Program
How are enrollment assistance programs handling ongoing training, managing assisters, using volunteers, and educating consumers abut coverage options? How can you help create strong, sustainable, effective enrollment assistance programs? We'll hear how programs in three states are handling these issues and others.

The Remaining Uninsured: Who They Are, Their Options, Their Future
This moderated roundtable will address demographics of the remaining uninsured, with a focus on immigrants, the Medicaid gap and affordability. Advocates will cover strategies to protect and strengthen uninsured peoples’ access to care, and advocacy opportunities to further expand coverage.

Notes from the Field: How Organizations Use Story Banking in their Campaigns
Storybanking has long been a tool that can lift the conversation around health reform to a new level. We'll discuss several organizations' recent successes with identifying story bank candidates, empowering consumers to tell their stories, and best practices for featuring people in campagins and earned media efforts.

Shining a Light on Cost and Quality: Transparency in Health Care
This workshop will give you the opportunity to share news about state acitivites and discuss policy tools that can make cost and quality data more transparent, consumer-friendly, and useful.

Realigning the Health Care Safety Net
For safety net providers, the Affordable Care Act offers both opportunities and challenges. Presenters will discuss how different types of safety net providers are responding to changes in funding and anticipated demand.

The New Wave of Medicaid Managed Care
Medicaid managed care is expanding to new populations, including seniors and people with disabilities, and it's covering new services, especially long-term services and supports. This session will discuss how consumers and advocates are responding to these changes.

Strategies for Making Premiums Affordable
This workshop will discuss tactics and best practices you can use to help ensure that premiums aren't out of reach for consumers buying marketplace plans. Hear how states are making coverage affordable using practices such as rate review, active purchasing, and banning tobacco rating.

Friday, January 24

Enrollment 2.0: Effective Outreach and Enrollment Strategies for Specific Populations (Part 1)
This workshop will feature approaches for overcoming enrollment barriers and providing appropriate assistance for people with disabilities, residents of rural communities and LGBTQ consumers.

Winning Issue-Based Campaigns in an Electoral Environment
This workshop will focus on how to take advantage of state political campaigns to advance health care campaigns. We'll explore how political campaigns can help shape messaging, targeting, and issue-based campaign strategies.

Policies and Practices Designed to Increase Medicaid Enrollment
States have new options to reach and easily enroll people in Medicaid. Learn more about advocacy work and best practices for enrolling SNAP participants and parents of children with CHIP coverage in Medicaid, and learn how to keep them enrolled for a full year.

Foundation Perspectives on Supporting Health Advocacy in 2014
Join a conversation with senior officers from leading foundations to discuss their experiences with supporting health advocacy at the state and national levels. We'll also discuss emerging trends in foundation funding of health care advocacy, as well as expectations for the future.
View from The Hill
In 2014, Congress will face difficult decisions about spending and the budget. Health programs, especially Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act, will be central to these discussions. Come hear senior-level congressional staff members share their insights on what to expect during the second session of the 113th Congress.

Making Access Real: Health Equity beyond the Insurance Card
An expert panel will discuss how to deliver on the promise of expanded coverage: We'll focus on key advocacy issues for ensuring meaningful access to quality health care for minority communities, including language access, network adequacy, and essential community providers

Making Evidence Work for Consumers
In order to deliver the best health care, we need to know what works. This workshop will discuss the importance of building a strong evidence base and the need to translate that evidence into information that patients and their families can understand and use.

Getting to YES on Medicaid
For states that have not yet expanded Medicaid – what are good strategies and tactics? What coalitions, messages, analyses, campaigns etc. are working, what isn’t. This could be a good session to design to be highly interactive.

Policies and Practices Designed to Increase Medicaid Enrollment
States have new options to reach and easily enroll people in Medicaid. Learn more about advocacy work and best practices for enrolling SNAP participants and parents of children with CHIP coverage in Medicaid, and learn how to keep them enrolled for a year.

Access at the Intersections: Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexual Orientation and the Affordable Care Act
This moderated roundtable will explore the overlapping barriers to care faced by people with multiple identities, including the challenges faced by trans and gender queer people. We'll also discuss strategies to achieve better access and enforce non-discrimination laws.

Program Sustainability and Stability: Looking Beyond Federal Funding
This workshop will explore five program structures that can help you maintain your programs and strategies to make programs attractive to funders. Speakers will discuss the differences between agency and organizational planning, finding funding outside the federal government, diversifying funders, and developing successful partnerships.

The Face Off: How to Handle Media Interviews
One of the most popular workshops! This role-playing session focuses on how to stay on message during interviews with all kinds of media. We'll offer essential training for organizational spokespeople, but the workshop teaches media skills that all advocates can use.

Making Health Plans Meet the Need: Network Adequacy, Cost-Sharing, and Multi-State Plans
Enrolling in coverage is a key first step to accessing affordable care, but it’s not the only step. Health plans must have adequate provider networks if consumers are to receive necessary care in a timely manner. And to meet consumer needs, health plans must not have cost-sharing requirements or other plan design factors that make affording health care services impossible for consumers. This workshop will address these and other factors related to ensuring that health plans can meet consumers’ needs for care. It will also feature a speaker from the Office of Personnel Management to discuss how the multi-state plans that are in many marketplaces nationwide are striving to meet consumer needs.

Expanding Medicaid through Waivers
As more states expand Medicaid, many of them are exploring private options and other policies that are uncharted territory for Medicaid. Advocates from states that are pursuing waivers will discuss the benefits and risks of these approaches.

Consumer Incentives: Promising Models in Health Insurance Benefit Design
This workshop will introduce participants to a range of new benefit designs, including value-based insurance design (VBID), reference pricing, and wellness programs. We'll highlight consumer-friendly models and discuss potentially problematic designs.

The Bridge from Enrollment Assistance to Advocacy
How can advocates and enrollment assistance programs work together to reach the most people? What can we learn from enrollment assistance to help us advocate for system improvements? Hear from state advocates who are providing direct enrollment assistance or who have built partnerships to support the work of enrollment assistance programs.

Addressing Disparities through Delivery Reform
Hear from experts who are working to eliminate health disparities by changing when, where, and how health care is delivered--from using community health workers to refining patient-centered medical homes. We’ll also discuss how these innovative models can be replicated in other states.

Saturday, January 25

Building a Movement: Insights for Emerging Professionals
Building a movement takes experience and skill. Movement leaders will shed light on the challenges they've experienced on the ground and their successes, and they'll inspire new leaders to "carry the social justice torch" forward in health care and beyond.

Enrollment 2.0: Effective Outreach and Enrollment Strategies for Specific Populations (Part 2)
People who've been affected by the criminal justice system or the foster care system, as well as homeless people, make up a substantial share of the newly eligible. Speakers will discuss eligibility polices and outreach strategies to ensure that these groups get access to new coverage.

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Care in a Reformed World
Come learn about advocacy priorities for mental health and substance use disorders. The Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act will vastly improve access to care—if implemented properly. We'll examine the impact of these laws on private insurance and Medicaid and discuss priorities for publicly funded care as individuals transition (or don't) to new systems.

Outreach and Enrollment in Communities of Color
In this collaborative forum, advocates who are working on reaching and enrolling people of color will engage in a facilitated discussion about the progress they've made and the challenges they've faced. We'll also troubleshoot and crowd-source questions, and we'll share resources and new strategies.

Dual Eligible Integration: A Progress Report
State demonstrations to integrate care for dual eligibles (people with Medicaid and Medicare) are moving from the design phase to implementation. We'll discuss the status of these demonstrations and explore the obstacles that beneficiaries and advocates are encountering, as well as the successes they've seen.

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