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January 2016 St@teside

Register today for AcademyHealth's 2016 National Health Policy Conference, February 1-2 in Washington, D.C. The conference brin

AcademyHealth's 2016 National Health Policy Conference
 (February 1-2 in Washington, DC), brings together senior health care decision-makers to discuss opportunities and challenges for health policy with the impending leadership changes in 2016 at the federal, state, and local levels.

The 2016 agenda features sessions on innovations at the state level and new strategies to inform the current health policy environment. Highlighted sessions and speakers include: 

Opening Plenary Session: Former Governor of Kentucky, Steven Beshear
Gov. Beshear will discuss his experience with navigating ACA implementation in Kentucky and what the 2016 elections may mean for health care reform and other major health policy issues.

The Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Coverage, Access, and Health Outcomes
Moderator: Sara Collins, The Commonwealth Fund 

  • Joan Alker, Director, Center for Children and Families (CCF) and Research Associate Professor, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
  • Amy Rohling McGee, President, Health Policy Institute of Ohio
  • Benjamin Sommers, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics, Harvard University 

    When half of the states in the nation expanded Medicaid, many low income individuals gained health care coverage. Several years later, studies are emerging on the effects of Medicaid expansion on coverage, access, and health behavior and outcomes. This session will explore how the impact of Medicaid expansion is being measured using the natural experiments created by state implementation and discuss some early results from these states.

Lunch Plenary - Update on State Health Policy: Coverage Expansion and Delivery System Transformation  
Moderator: Scott Leitz 

  • Brooks Daverman, Director of Strategic Planning and Innovation, Tennessee Division of Health Care Finance and Administration
  • Amy Dowd, CEO, New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange
  • Lauren Hughes, Deputy Secretary for Health Innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Health 

    Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, states have undergone tremendous changes in health care coverage options and delivery system innovations. Health policy officials from several states will discuss their programs, including their experiences with the health insurance exchanges, State Innovation Models, and delivery system transformation. Each panelist will also provide success stories and challenges from their state to further inform the application of these innovations across the country. 

Adjunct Meeting - Taking the "Long" View: State Innovations and the Future of Long-Term Services and Supports

This breakfast is co-sponsored by AcademyHealth's State Health Research and Policy and Long-Term Services and Supports Interest Groups. The session will examine innovations that various states are using to improve the quality and value of LTSS, including new financing models and emerging  approaches to quality measurement.

Do not miss this opportunity to get the answers you need on health policy updates in the upcoming election year! Online registration is open through January 31.