Wednesday, January 23, 2019
5:00pm-8:00pm

Registration

6:00pm-8:00pm

Welcome Reception

Thursday, January 24, 2019
8:00am-5:00pm

Registration

8:00am-9:00am

Continental Breakfast

9:00am-10:45am

Opening Plenary: Fighting for America’s Families

10:45am-11:00am

Break

11:00am-12:15pm

Workshops / Session 1

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Medicaid

1115 Waivers—What’s Happening This Year

Description: States are continuing to request 1115 waivers that would restrict Medicaid coverage or remake the program. This session looks at what’s happening with restrictive 1115 waivers, and strategies to stop or reverse them, including litigation.

Speakers:

  • Leonardo Cuello, National Health Law Program
  • Emily Beauregard, Kentucky Voices for Health
  • Kevin De Liban, Legal Aid of Arkansas

 

Moderator: Dee Mahan, Families USA

Health System Transformation

Creating a Path to Affordable Care with Increased Consumer Engagement

Description: Come learn about the multi-stakeholder regional health improvement collaboratives across the country that are addressing health improvement and price transparency, and engage in a discussion about overcoming the barriers consumers face when seeking the right care at the right time.

Speakers:

  • Ellen Gagnon, Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement
  • Barbra Rabson, MPH, Massachusetts Quality Health Partners

Moderator: Philippe Villers, Families USA

Skills Building

Fight Power with Power: Organizing Campaign Strategy Tips

Description: Winning health care campaigns requires more than just good policy ideas, it requires building out a strategy for success. Hear from veteran advocates about winning complex health care campaigns, and share your lessons with advocates from across the country.

Speakers:

  • Jawanza Williams, VOCAL-NY
  • Rosana Ferraro, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut

Moderator: Scott Darius, Florida Voices for Health

Children's Health

The Future of Children’s Coverage

Description: This panel will explore the foundation of coverage provided to children through Medicaid and CHIP, the importance of protecting the EPSDT benefit in Medicaid, and discuss opportunities in the current policy landscape to take children’s coverage to the next level.

Speakers:

  • Elisabeth Wright Burak, Georgetown Center for Children and Families
  • Carrie Fitzgerald, First Focus

Moderator: Lisa Shapiro, Families USA

Skills Building Medicare Oral Health

Oral Health on Capitol Hill (Closed to Press)

Description: Despite its critical impact on overall health, oral health is often neglected in health policy. It’s time we speak up! Learn how to engage DC policy makers as we’re building momentum to address America’s oral health issues.

Speakers:

  • Libby Mullin, Mullin Strategies
  • Alex Graf, Office of Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Lauren Jee, Office of Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

Moderator: Melissa Burroughs, Families USA  

Health System TransformationEnrollment

Outreach, Enrollment, and Patient Navigation in Today’s Climate

Description: Ongoing changes to the health care landscape each year always means that consumers and patients need continued help navigating coverage and care. Panelists will discuss new efforts they’re implementing to continue meeting essential needs of their communities.

Speakers:

  • Lisa Chan-Sawin, Transform Health
  • Shelli Quenga, Palmetto Project
  • Molly Moffett, Community Health Council of Wyandotte County

Moderator: Heather Bates, Transform Health

Prescription Drugs

The Path to Federal Prescription Drug Reform (Closed to Press)

Description: Momentum for prescription drug reform has increased among federal policymakers, but when can we expect significant action? And how can advocates help make it happen? Hear about federal prospects for reforms on drug prices and innovation from the experts.

Speakers:

  • Leigh Purvis, MPA, AARP
  • Stan Dorn, JD, Families USA
  • Afton Cissell, Congressman Lloyd Doggett
Health System TransformationHealth Equity

Using Data Disaggregation to Drive Health Equity

Description: Not having the right data obstructs efforts to reduce racial, ethnic, and other disparities. Providers are evaluated on quality, costs, and outcomes with hundreds of metrics that rarely include disparities. Disaggregating data is needed to unmask inequities and inform policy.

Speakers:

  • Amina Ferati, JD, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
  • Tekisha Dwan Everette, PhD, Health Equity Solutions
  • Sarah de Guia, JD, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

Moderator: Ellen Albritton, Families USA

12:15pm-1:30pm

Health Action Networking Luncheon

1:30pm-1:45pm

Break

1:45pm-3:00pm

Workshops / Session 2

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Children's Health

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as a Social Determinant of Health: Innovations and Interventions

Description: This panel will highlight ACEs as a social determinant of health. It will feature interventions that can effectively address ACEs and promote resiliency for children and families, highlighting health care as an opportunity for prevention and key point of intervention.

Speakers:

  • Rahil D. Briggs, HealthySteps—A Program of ZERO TO THREE
  • Samantha Morton, MLPB

Moderator: Shadi Houshyar, Families USA

Coverage

Fighting Back Against Health Reform Sabotage

Description: States have fought back against sabotage by passing their own individual mandate penalties, restricting the sale of short term plans, bringing and defending lawsuits, and other state actions. Attend this workshop to hear about these campaigns.

Speakers:

  • Graciela Guzmán, Protect Our Care Illinois
  • Ray Castro, New Jersey Policy Perspective
  • Lucy Culp, American Heart Association

Moderator: Cheryl Fish-Parcham, Families USA

Skills Building

Foundation Perspectives about Health Philanthropy in 2019

Description: Join a discussion with senior leaders from several foundation regarding the major developing trends in health philanthropy, including how foundations are responding to the nation’s altered political and health policy landscape.

Speakers:

  • Azzi Momenghalibaf, Open Society Foundations

Moderator: Ann McMillan, Grantmakers in Health

Health System TransformationHealth Equity

Improving the Evidence Base to Advance Health Equity

Description: We need a transparent and representative evidence base to ensure that value-based health care solves racial, ethnic, and gender inequities. Yet we don’t have this now. Learn why improvement is necessary, what the gaps are, and how to fix them.

Health System Transformation

Is 2019 the Year We End Surprise Bills?

Description: The momentum for banning surprise out-of-network bills is greater than ever. Congress is discussing bipartisan legislation, and more states are introducing and improving legislation. Is the end of surprise billing near? What more must be done to solve this problem?  

Speakers:

  • Shawn D’Abreu, Missouri Health Care for All

Moderator: Claire McAndrew, MPH, Families USA

Skills BuildingOral Health

Making a Movement: Social Media as an Advocacy Tool

Description: Strategic social media can bolster advocacy campaigns, broadening their impact. Learn to use social media to raise the profile of your issue, organize people or actions, and more. Get your messages to the masses and the masses to your movement!

Speakers:

  • Laura Packard, Health Care Voter, Voices of Health Care
  • Amy Cotton, Children’s Dental Health Project

Moderator: Jonny Yao, First Focus

Health System TransformationHealth Equity

Responding to Rural Health Challenges

Description: Rural areas face some unique health care challenges that require solutions tailored for rural communities. Learn about combatting hospital closures, expanding access through telehealth, and other proactive efforts.

Speakers:

  • Maggie Elehwany, National Rural Health Association
Health Equity

State and Federal Threats to Reproductive Health Providers

Description: An update on federal actions to cut funding for reproductive health and on state actions to close providers including by eliminating Medicaid reimbursement, and on efforts to combat these attacks in the courts, on the Hill, and in the states.

Speakers:

  • Emily Eckert, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Dana Singiser, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Moderator: Robin Summers, Health Care Strategy & Analysis

3:00pm-3:15pm

Refreshment Break

3:15pm-4:45pm

Afternoon Plenary: Health Equity Action

5:00pm-7:00pm

Networking Reception: We Are Family: Community Catalyst and Families USA Reception

Friday, January 25, 2019
8:00am-3:30pm

Registration

8:00am-9:00am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am-9:00am

Networking Breakfast Discussion for Primary Care Associations, Navigators, Health Centers, Certified Application Counselors and Community Health Workers

9:00am-10:45am

Morning Plenary: Quality and Improvement in Health Care

10:45am-11:00am

Break

11:00am-12:15pm

Workshops / Session 3

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Children's Health

The Health and Well-Being of Immigrant Children and Families: Threats and Opportunities

Description: This panel will highlight the 2019 immigration landscape, focusing on current threats to the health and well-being of immigrant children and families. It will feature a discussion of opportunities for advocates to engage and  push ahead despite current administration efforts.

Speakers:

  • Mayra Alvarez, The Children’s Partnership
  • Emily Butera, Women’s Refugee Commission
  • Madison Hardee, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Coverage

Innovative State Strategies to Cover the Uninsured and Lower Premiums

Description: Hear about innovative and practical policies being considered or implemented in leading states to build on the ACA’s progress and get more people insured. We’ll cover the gamut, from Medicaid buy-in to auto-enrollment and more!

Speakers:

  • Audrey Morse Gasteier, MS, Massachusetts Health Connector
  • Vinny DeMarco, JD, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative
  • Stan Dorn, JD, Families USA

Moderator: Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle, Iora Health

Oral HealthMedicare

Medicare: Risks and Opportunities for 2019

Description: This workshop will bring together leading consumer advocates to review the key legislative and administrative questions facing the Medicare program in 2019, as well as to discuss opportunities for Medicare program improvements in the new Congress.

Speakers:

  • David Lipschutz, Center for Medicare Advocacy
  • Jennifer Goldberg, Justice in Aging
  • Erin Mackay, National Partnership for Women & Families

Moderator: Eliot Fishman, Families USA

Prescription Drugs

State Efforts to Make Prescriptions Affordable

Description: States have led the way on efforts to tackle high prescription drug prices. Join us for a discussion and workshop to help plan for a year of opportunity for advocates to win state campaigns towards affordable medicines for all.

Speakers:

  • Rep. Will Guzzardi (IL-39), Illinois House of Representatives
  • Jill Zorn, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut

Moderator: Justin Mendoza, MPH, Families USA  

Health System TransformationHealth Equity

Sustainable Financing for Community Health Workers: Medicaid and Beyond

Description: Community health workers (CHWs) have a proven track record of improving health, reducing costs, and addressing disparities, but they often lack sustainable sources of financing. Come to learn about strategies for sustainably financing CHWs through Medicaid and other sources.

Speakers:

  • Jessica Holmes, MSW, St. Louis Integrated Health Network
  • Laural Ruggles, MBA, MPH, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital

Moderator: Denisse Sanchez, MPH, Families USA

Health Equity

Update on LGBTQ Health: Pushing Back against Major Threats

Description: Important gains in advancing LGBTQ health made at the federal level are now under threat. Meanwhile, some states continue to make progress. We will provide a federal update and highlight major challenges and important wins.

Skills Building

A View from the Hill (Closed to Press)

Description: Senior-level Congressional staff will share their insights on opportunities to advance health care policy in a new Congress.

12:15pm-1:45pm

Consumer Health Advocate of the Year Awards Luncheon

1:45pm-2:00pm

Break

2:00pm-3:15pm

Workshops / Session 4

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Health System TransformationMedicaid Coverage

Addressing the Substance Use Disorder Crisis Nationally and in States

Description: Congress recently passed opioid legislation that includes some new substance use disorder (SUD) initiatives. Some state Medicaid agencies have also experimented with expansions of SUD treatment. How can Medicaid and private insurance improve SUD care and coverage?

Speakers:

  • Ellen Weber, Legal Action Center
  • John O’Brien, Technical Assistance Collaborative
  • Beth Tanzman, Vermont Blueprint for Health

Moderator: Cheryl Fish-Parcham, Families USA

EnrollmentCoverage

Consumer Assistance is Still Mission Critical: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going

Description: Open enrollment is once each year but people still need help year-round understanding health care in an ever-changing plan landscape. This panel will explore where enrollment and patient navigation are now and where we need to go.  

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Hagan, Transform Health
  • Anne Peak, Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center
  • Karen Pollitz, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Trilena Amos, Legacy Community Health

Moderator: Elizabeth Hagan, Transform Health

Skills Building

Do-It-Yourself Factoid Distillation: Super-Easy New Tools to Analyze Census Data

Description: Ever felt like you needed the perfect facts to make your case for an important policy proposal? Bring your laptop and learn about incredible new tools that let anyone who knows high school algebra tabulate Census data like a pro!

Speaker: Stan Dorn, JD, Families USA

Oral HealthMedicaid

Health Care Messages that Change Minds

Description: Health care is top of mind for many people, but do they see your issue the way you want? Learn how to talk about any issue—whether it’s divisive, like Medicaid, or oft forgotten, like oral health, to build support.

Speakers:

  • April Callen, FrameWorks Institute
  • Citseko Staples, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • Sean Dryden, PerryUndem

Moderator: Helen Hendrickson, Community Catalyst

Health Equity

Listen to Us! How Racial and Gender Bias Undermine Women’s Health

Description: From reproductive justice, to maternal health, to pain, women—especially women of color—are suffering because providers and decision makers ignore their needs. We will discuss how racial and gender biases drive these inequities.

Moderator: Melanie Townsend Diggs, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

Medicaid

Medicaid Expansion: Getting it and Protecting it Against Attacks

Description: States are continuing to expand Medicaid, through both legislation and ballot measures. This workshop looks at strategies used to achieve recent expansions, and how advocates are working to keep expansions they have.  

Speakers:

  • Brian Johns, Virginia Organizing
  • Matt Slonaker, Utah Health Policy Project  
  • Susie Emmert, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Moderator: Eliot Fishman, Families USA

Health System Transformation

State Options to Address Industry Consolidation and High Prices

Description: Aggregated market power resulting from the merging of hospitals, physicians, and insurers is a major driver of high and variable health care prices. Join experts to discuss a range of state options to address consolidation and its impact on price.

  • Anthony Wright, Health Access California
  • Robert A. Berenson, Families USA, Urban Institute

Moderator: Sophia Tripoli, Families USA

Coverage

Universal Health Care: Politics and Possibilities

Description: Many believe affordable health care should be universally accessible, but how do we get there? And how do we do it in a politically divided nation? Join to discuss the path to universal coverage and unity building around the issue.

Speakers:

  • Rachel Rosen DeGolia, MPA, Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN)
  • Shawn Gremminger, MPP, Families USA
  • Mark Hannay, Metro New York Health Care for All

Moderator: Dr. Bob Crittenden, Cambia Grove

3:15pm-3:30pm

Refreshment Break

3:30pm-4:45pm

Closing Plenary: And Still, We Rise: The Future of the Health Care Movement

Saturday, January 26, 2019
8:00am-9:30am

Continental Breakfast

9:00am-10:30am

Health Action Roundtables