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Thursday, February 16 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Defending Health Care Gains from the States

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Federal action in 2017 will determine thefate of health coverage and care. State advocates have a critical role in waging campaigns and combatting bad policies. Discuss strategies and tactics to use in your fights to defend health care.

Moderators
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Claire McAndrew

Director of Campaign Strategy, Families USA
Claire McAndrew is the Director of Campaign Strategy at Families USA. Ms. McAndrew oversees advocacy work focused on the organization’s mission to ensure high quality, affordable health coverage and care for all. Her portfolio includes federal and state advocacy to protect the gains in coverage and care achieved by the Affordable Care Act. She also oversees Families USA’s state and federal advocacy to improve provider access through... Read More →

Speakers
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Antoinette Kraus

Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Antoinette Kraus currently serves as founding Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN). Since joining PHAN in 2008 Kraus has helped grow the Pennsylvania Health Access Network into the state’s largest consumer driven organization. She works toward quality, affordable health care for Pennsylvanians, and building a healthier Pennsylvania. She has led numerous campaigns to increase access and advance consumer... Read More →
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Monisha Smith

Senior Political Action Specialist, American Nurses Association
Monisha serves as the Associate Director, Advocacy and Engagement at the American Nurses Association (ANA). Shemanages the political and advocacy programs for ANA. | | Prior to ANA she worked for the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) as the Manager of Government Affairs where she advocated on behalf of home health and hospice nurses. | | In addition, her background includes working as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate... Read More →
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Anthony Wright

Health Access
Anthony Wright has served as Executive Director for Health Access, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, since 2002. Health Access has led state and national efforts to win consumer protections, fight budget cuts and invest in our safety-net, encourage prevention, and advance coverage expansions and comprehensive health reform. Wright led California’s coalition effort to help pass the Affordable Care Act and state laws to... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Columbia Foyer Ballroom level