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THE NATIONAL CONGRESS ON
HEALTH REFORM

Coverage of the Uninsured is not the Only Challenge: Strategies to Transform the Health System to Improve Access, Cost-Effectiveness and Quality - From Local and Regional Solutions to State and National Health Reform
The Congress on Health Reform
is Collocated with the
Second National Congress on the
Un and Underinsured

One Registration - Attend both Conferences!

September 22 - 24, 2008
Renaissance Washington DC Hotel
Washington, DC

HEALTH REFORM CONGRESS MULTIMEDIA
Watch video of the 2008 Congress on Health Reform on the go. The Congress on Health Reform offers Podcasting of all general sessions on a 30gb Video iPOD™, a DVD-ROM, or a Flash Drive. Concurrent breakout session audio and all related presentation materials are also included on each multimedia format.

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NEWLY CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Senator Ron Wyden (D/OR)
United States Senate, Washington, DC

FEATURING THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL PRECONFERENCE SESSIONS
  • Preconference I: How to Organize a Local Initiative to Care for or Cover Un and Under Insured
  • Preconference II: Health Reform Primer

ISSUES ADDRESSED
  • Defining the Problem: Who are the Un and Under Insured?
  • Current Provider and Plan Practices and Obligations in Providing Services to the Un and Under Insured
  • Safety Net Providers and Community-Based Voluntary Initiatives Providing Coverage and Care for the Uninsured
  • State Initiatives to Cover the Un and Under Insured
  • National Initiatives to Cover the Un and Under Insured

REPRESENTING THE MCCAIN AND OBAMA CAMPAIGNS
Adviser to the
Barack Obama Campaign
:
Judith M. Feder, PhD
Adviser to the Barack Obama Campaign, Georgetown University, Former Staff Director, US Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

Adviser to the
John McCain Campaign
:
Jay Khosla, JD, MHA
Health Policy Advisor, John McCain 2008, Former Health Counsel, Budget Committee, United States Senate, Washington, DC

FEATURING THE FOLLOWING
On the Challenges of Health Reform:
Uwe E. Reinhardt, PhD
James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

On the Long Term Fiscal Context for Health Reform:
Peter R. Orszag, PhD
Director, Congressional Budget Office, Washington, DC

On Health Reform Lessons from my Experience at the FDA and CMS:
Mark McClellan, MD, PhD
Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Brookings Institution, Former CMS Administrator and FDA Commissioner, Washington, DC

On the Future of Medicare:
Michael O. Leavitt (Invited)
Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, Former Governor, Utah, Washington, DC

On the Future of Medicaid:
Diane Rowland
Executive Vice-President and Executive Director, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Henry J. Kaiser, Family Foundation, Washington, DC

On Patient Safety and Quality and Health Reform:
Lucian Leape, MD
Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

On Health Reform International Lessons:
Katharina Janus, PhD
Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy, Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY

On Payment Reform, Incentives and Transparency as a Key Health Reform Building Block:
Robert Berenson, MD
Senior Fellow, Urban Institute, Washington, DC

Thomas B. Valuck, MD, MHSA, JD
Medical Officer and Senior Advisor to the Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Baltimore, MD

On Disease Management and Chronic Care as a Key Health Reform Building Block:
Stuart Guterman
Senior Program Director, Program on Medicare's Future, The Commonwealth Fund, Former Director, Office of Research, Development, and Information, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Washington, DC

Patrick H. Mattingly, MD
Chief Medical Officer, HealthDialog, Former President, Harvard Community Health Plan of New England, Boston, MA
Kenneth Thorpe, PhD
Robert W. Woodruff Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Atlanta, GA

On Tax Policy as a Key Health Reform Building Block:
Michael F. Cannon, MA, JM
Director of Health Policy Studies, The Cato Institute, Washington, DC
Paul Fronstin, PhD
Senior Research Associate and Director, Health Research and Education Program, Employee Benefit Research Institute, Washington, DC
Robert B. Helms, PhD
Resident Scholar and Director of Health Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC

On Consumer Driven Healthcare as a Key Health Reform Building Block:
Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, Esq.
Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law, and Alumni Faculty Fellow, Washington and Lee University School of Law, Author, Health Care at Risk: A Critique of the Consumer-Driven Movement, Lexington, VA
Maggie Mahar, PhD
Fellow, The Century Foundation, Editor, www.healthbeatblog.org, Author, Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much, New York, NY
Grace-Marie Turner
President, Galen Institute, Founder, Health Policy Consensus Group, Alexandria, VA


On Approaches to "Bending the Growth Curve" of Health Care Spending:
Robert D. Reischauer, PhD
President, Urban Institute, Former Director, Congressional Budget Office, Member, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (Vice Chair 2001-2008), Washington, DC

On a Center for Comparative Effectiveness Information:
Gail Wilensky, PhD
Senior Fellow, Project HOPE, Former Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration, Washington, DC

On Delivery System Reform: Moving from Fragmentation Toward High Performance:
Stephen C. Schoenbaum, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President for Programs, The Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY

On Health Care In The 2008 Election:
Celinda Lake
President, Lake Research Partners, Washington, DC

On the Strange Bedfellow Coalition for Health Reform:
Ron Pollack, Esq.
Founding Executive Director, Families USA, Founder and Chair, Health Assistance Partnership, Washington, DC

Charles N. (Chip) Kahn, III, MPH
President, Federation of American Hospitals, and Former President, Health Insurance Association of America, Washington, DC

On the Administration's Perspective on Health Reform:
Kerry Weems
Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Washington, DC

On How Far Can States Take Health Reform:
Catherine Hess
Senior Program Director, National Academy of State Health Policy, Washington DC

On the Implications of Health Reform for the Insurance Industry:
Bruce Bodaken
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Shield of California, San Francisco, CA

On the Physician's Role in Health Care Reform:
Jack Lewin, MD
Chief Executive Officer, American College of Cardiology, Former Chief Executive Officer, California Medical Association, Former Director of Health, Hawaii, Washington, DC

On the Implications of Health Reform for Healthcare Providers:
Donald C. Wegmiller, MHA
Chairman, National Board of Advisors, The Center for Healthcare Governance, Former Chairman, American Hospital Association, Former Vice Chairman and President, Allina Health System, Minneapolis, MN

On Primary Care, Medical Home and Retail Clinics as a Key Health Reform Building Blocks:
Bruce S. Auerbach, MD, FACEP
Vice President and Chief for Emergency and Ambulatory Services Sturdy Memorial Hospital, President, Massachusetts Medical Society, Lexington, MA
Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA
Executive Director, Convenient Care Association, Philadelphia, PA

On Comparative-Effectiveness as a Key Health Reform Building Block:
Wilhelmina Miller, PhD
Associate Research Professor, Department of Health Policy, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Gail Shearer
Director of Health Policy Analysis, Consumers Union, Washington, DC

On Health Information Technology as a Key Health Reform Building Block:
Bruce Merlin Fried, Esq.
Partner, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, Former Director, Center for Health Plans and Providers, HCFA, Washington, DC
Janet M. Marchibroda
Chief Executive Officer, eHealth Initiative and Foundation, Washington, DC

David Merritt
Project Director, Center for Health Transformation, The Gingrich Group, Washington, DC


UNINSURED CONGRESS FEATURES
On the Make Up of the Uninsured and the Scope of the Problem:
John Holahan, PhD
Director, Health Policy Center, The Urban, Institute, Washington, DC

On How to Organize a Local Initiative to Care for or Cover Un and Under Insured:
Nicole D. Lamoureux
Executive Director, National Association of Free Clinics, Alexandria, VA
Jackie Leifer, Esq.
Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer, Fidell LLP, Washington, DC

David Roe, Esq.
Law Offices of David Roe, Oakland, CA


Roger Schwartz, Esq.
Director of State Affairs and Legislative Counsel, National Association of Community Health Centers, Washington, DC

Carrie Valiant, Esq.
Partner, Epstein Becker & Green, PC, Washington, DC

On State Initiatives to Cover the Un and Under Insured:
Jessica Pollak Kahn
Project Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Baltimore, MD

Jennifer Tolbert, MPH
Principal Policy Analyst, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, DC


Molly Voris, MPH
Senior Policy Analyst, Health Division, National Governors Association, Washington, DC

On the Role of Safety Net Providers:
John W. Bluford, III, MBA, CHE
Chief Executive Officer, Truman Medical Centers, Chair, National Association of Public, Hospitals and Health Systems, Kansas City, MO
Teresa Cutts, PhD
Assistant Director, Faith Initiative, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Associate Director, Center for Excellence, in Faith and Health, Memphis, TN

Daniel Hawkins
Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs, National Association of Community Health Centers, Washington, DC
Sheridan Y. Wood
Executive Director, Kansas City Free Health Clinic, President, National Association of Free Clinics, Kansas City, MO


On the Emerging Crisis of Under Insurance:
Jessica S. Banthin, PhD
Director, Division of Modeling and Simulation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD

On Initiatives to Address the Problem of Under Insurance:
Andrew Coburn, PhD
Professor and Director, Maine Rural Health Research Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
Julie Reynes
Executive Director, Patient Access Network Foundation, Charlotte, NC
Andrew Ward, PhD, MPH
School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Stephen M. Weiner
President, Board of Directors, The HealthWell Foundation, Chair, Health Law Practice, Mintz Levin, Gaithersburg, MD

On Current Provider and Plan Practices and Obligations in Providing Services to the Un and Under Insured:
David F. Buysse, Esq.
Senior Assistant Attorney General, Special Litigation Bureau, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Chicago, IL
Patrick S. Coffey, Esq.
Partner, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, LLP, Chicago, IL

Judith E. Kindell, Esq.
Tax Law Specialist EO Rulings and Agreements, Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, Internal, Revenue Service, Washington, DC
Charlotte S. Yeh, MD
Regional Administrator, Region I, Member, EMTALA Technical Advisory Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Boston, MA

On Health System Governance Strategies for Meeting Community Benefit Responsibilities:
Kevin Barnett, DrPH, MCP
Senior Investigator, Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA
Lawrence D. Prybil, MA, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, and Senior Advisor to the Dean, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Donald C. Wegmiller, MHA, FACHE
Chairman Emeritus, Integrated Healthcare Strategies, Chairman, National Board of Advisors, The Center for Healthcare Governance, Former Chairman, American Hospital Association, Minneapolis, MN

TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Uninsured Congress and Health Reform Congress are offering a limited number of full or partial Tuition Scholarships to qualifying representatives of local, state and federal government, consumer advocate organizations, safety net providers and health services researcher organizations.

A variety of factors will be considered in determining the issuance of a scholarship. These factors include financial need and the desirability of geographic and organizational representation at the Congress. Funding for scholarships is limited.

Support for the Tuition Scholarship Program has been provided by the California HealthCare Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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ABOUT HEALTH REFORM
Cover the Uninsured: Fact Sheet

Profiles of the Uninsured

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www.health08.org/ sidebyside.cfm

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