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The Price of Good Health: Health Policies & Politics in the 116th Congress

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The Newseum

555 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20001

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Healthcare will be on the agenda as a new Congress convenes after a highly charged midterm election.

Please join the Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) and the Partnership for Employer-Sponsored Coverage (P4ESC) on January 15th for a summit examining the outlook for health policy post-election, and its impact on patients, providers, and payors alike.

Our thanks to this year's sponsors: America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and eHealth Medicare.

Conference will take place in the 8th floor Knight Conference Center of the Newseum. Please enter the building through the 6th Street entrance.

Schedule at a Glance

Reception & Breakfast

Breakfast Keynote- American Patients First: A View from the Administration

  • Alex Azar, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services

Level-set- Health Costs & Trends: How did we get here? Where do we go?

  • Joel White, CAHC

Remarks from Congresswoman Debbie Dingell [D-MI]

Panel 1- Reform Proposals: From Single Payer to Incremental Changes. What is driving the call for Medicare-for-all, and what are the alternatives? The panel examines the main proposals for health reform and their likely impacts on taxpayers, consumers and health providers.

  • Doug Badger, Senior Fellow, Galen Institute; Visiting Fellow, Heritage Foundation
  • Mary R. Grealy, President, Healthcare Leadership Council
  • Frederick Isasi, Executive Director, Families USA
  • Jeff Lemieux, Chief Economist, Council for Affordable Health Coverage (moderator)


Panel 2- The Employer Health Coverage System: A Majority of Americans but a Minority of the Spotlight. More than 181 million Americans are covered by a plan sponsored by their employer. Most are happy and have generous coverage. Even so, recent trends include rising costs, higher co-sharing and increased premiums. Is the employer system a model for reform? What role can employers play in controlling health system costs?

  • Anne Phelps, US Health Care Policy Leader, Deloitte & Touche
  • Janet Trautwein, CEO, National Association of Health Underwriters
  • Mark Wilson, Vice President, Chief Economist, HR Policy Association
  • Matt Eyles, President & CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • Christine Pollack, Executive Director, Partnership for Employer-Sponsored Coverage (moderator)


Congressional Hour. Key members of Congress will examine the political and policy considerations governing next steps in health reform.

  • Conversation with Rep. Larry Buchson, M.D. [R-IN]
  • A view from the Problem Solvers Caucus: Congressman Tom Reed [R-NY] & Congressman Joshua Gottheimer [D-NJ]


Remarks from Randy Pate, Deputy Administrator & Director, CCIIO

Panel 3- Labs of Innovation: New State Approaches & Opportunities. States are reforming their insurance markets by leveraging a combination of new authority granted by the administration and existing waivers. How are these changes playing out in conservative and liberal states? What do we expect moving forward?

  • JP Wieske, former Deputy Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Wisconsin
  • Robert Morrow, Associate Commissioner for Life and Health, Maryland Insurance Administration
  • Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors
  • Rachana Pradhan, Health Care Reporter, POLITICO (moderator)

Remarks from John O’Brien, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Drug Pricing Reform, HHS (*pending)

Panel 4- The debate on prescription drugs. In the current drug pricing debate, politics and emotions for the issues are perhaps only matched by the stakes at play. This panel will explore the politics of drug pricing, access, affordability and proposed changes, while asking key questions: will costs come down or will the rhetoric produce little more than hot air?

  • Jamey Millar, Senior Vice President of Managed Markets, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Justine Handelman, Senior Vice President, Office of Policy & Representation, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • D. Craig Martin, Board Member, Global Genes
  • Alan Balch, CEO, National Patient Advocate Foundation
  • Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., Professor of Health Policy, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Joel White, President, Council for Affordable Health Coverage (moderator)

Closing Keynote - Health Policy & The 2020 Election. How will all the trends in health care play out for Republicans and Democrats, free-marketers and progressives? Join us for a data driven discussion and deep dive into how health care will play out in the run up to the 2020 Presidential elections.

  • Sam Baker, Axios


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555 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20001

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