NASI’s 20th annual policy conference focused on achieving affordable health coverage for all Americans. Taking place in the midst of the early Presidential primaries, the conference brought together the major participants in the health coverage debate to frame the problem, compare specific policy proposals, and identify ways of overcoming the obstacles to reform.
Jonathan Gruber, Professor of Economics at MIT and member of the board of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector
Marsha Lillie-Blanton, Senior Advisor on Race, Ethnicity and Health Care at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Associate Research Professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
Chris O’Flinn, President of ELM Income Group and former Vice President for Corporate Human Resources, AT&T
**Click on the session title below to access PowerPoint presentations from each session. Most sessions are available for viewing via archived webcast by kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation.**
– AGENDA –
Day One: Thursday, January 31, 2008
9:00am Registration Opens
10:00am Welcome and Opening Speaker
Welcome Margaret Simms, President, National Academy of Social Insurance, and Senior Fellow, the Urban Institute
Opening speaker: What are the big issues (coverage, cost, and quality), and why should we tackle them now?
Uwe E. Reinhardt, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Princeton University
5:00pm Reception and Presentation of the 2008 Heinz Dissertation Award
7:00pm Dinner Speaker
Jonathan Cohn, Senior Editor, The New Republic and author of Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis—and the People Who Pay the Price
Day Two: Friday, February 1, 2008
8:00am NASI Member Breakfast
9:00am Concurrent Roundtable Sessions
The Role of States in Financing and Implementation of Universal Coverage Moderator: Brian Quinn, Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Participants: Genevieve Kenney, Senior Economist, Urban Institute; Alan Weil, Executive Director, National Academy of State Health Policy; Helen Halpin, Professor of Health Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Judith Moore, Senior Fellow, National Health Policy Forum, GWU.
Addressing the Invisible Uninsured: Long-term Care as Part of Health Care Reform? Participants: Chris Jennings, President, Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc.; Robyn Stone, Executive Director, Institute for the Future of Aging Services; Stephen McConnell, Vice President Public Policy and Advocacy, Alzheimer’s Association; Ron Pollack, Executive Director, Families USA.
Partnerships for the Employment of People with Disabilities
Moderator: Kenneth McGill, Independent Consultant, CESSI Participants: Sue Suter, Associate Commissioner for Employment Programs, Social Security Administration; Alexandra Kielty, Program Manager, Employment and Training Administration, Dept. of Labor; Joseph Razes, Team Leader, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Too Many Cuts in Unemployment Insurance Financing?
Moderator: Steve Wandner, Economist, U.S. Department of Labor Participants: Wayne Vroman, Economist, Urban Institute; Robert Pavosevich, Economist, U.S. Department of Labor
Social Security Education: Reaching Communities of Color, Women and Youth Moderator: Kilolo Kijakazi, Program Officer, Ford Foundation Participants: Heidi Hartmann, President and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research; Luisa Grillo-Chope, Economic Security Policy Analyst, National Council of La Raza; Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO, Global Policy Solutions, LLC; Virginia Reno, Vice President for Income Security Policy, NASI
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided major financial support for this conference.
Student Scholarships: Support to NASI is provided from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation for scholarships for students covering the full conference registration fee. A limited number are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Sarah Cody at (202) 452-8097 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.