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Thursday, February 16


Mouth, Mind, and Body
Oral health, mental health and substance use services are all essential to overall health and well-being - but they have not been covered well by Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance. Learn about advocacy to improve coverage integrate these services. 

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Cheryl Fish-Parcham

Private Insurance Program Director, Families USA
Cheryl Fish-Parcham is Private Insurance Program Director at Families USA. Her current areas of focus include private insurance, in particular, implementation of the private market provisions in the Affordable Care Act, and enrollment in Medicaid and the health insurance marketplaces... Read More →

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Aryka Chapman

Community Catalyst
Aryka Chapman is a State Advocacy Manager for Community Catalyst’s Substance Use Disorders team. In this capacity she works with state partners to advocate for improved programs and policies that address substance use prevention and access to care.Over the course of her career... Read More →
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Erin Loubier

Senior Director for Health and Legal Integration and Payment Innovation, Whitman-Walker Clinic Legal Services Department
Erin Loubier is Senior Director for Health and Legal Integration and Payment Innovation at Whitman-Walker Health (WWH), a federally qualified health center serving Washington, DC’s diverse urban community and special focus on people living with HIV and the LGBT community.  Erin... Read More →
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Marko Vujicic

American Dental Association
Dr. Marko Vujicic currently serves as Chief Economist and Vice President of the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association, where he is responsible for overseeing all of the Association’s policy research activities. Prior to joining the American Dental Association... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Congressional B Lobby level


State-Based Solutions to Securing Health Coverage
Amidst federal threats to health coverage, states maintain a key role in making sure their residents have access to health coverage and care. This workshop will focus on state solutions to protect coverage gains and marketplace stability in uncertain times.

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Lydia Mitts

Senior Policy Analyst, Families USA
Lydia Mitts is a Senior Policy Analyst at Families USA. She specializes in private insurance issues, including market reforms and financial assistance programs under the Affordable Care Act, wellness incentive programs, marketplace plan benefit design, and cost-sharing. She also specializes... Read More →

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Elisabeth Benjamin

Community Service Society of New York
Elisabeth Benjamin is the Vice President of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society, where she supervises health policy, health advocacy, and consumer health assistance programs, including: the CSS Navigator Network, Community Health Advocates, Independent Consumer Advocacy... Read More →
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Sabrina Corlette

Georgetown University
Sabrina Corlette is a Research Professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. At CHIR she directs research on health insurance reform issues. Her areas of focus include state and federal regulation of private health... Read More →
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Mila Kofman

Mila Kofman is the Executive Director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority. Appointed to the position by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, Kofman is a nationally recognized expert on private health insurance markets and has worked with states and all stakeholders... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Columbia Foyer Ballroom level


Effective Strategies for Educating Public Officials and Advancing Public Policy
To preserve consumer assistance and direct services to consumers, opinion leaders and public officials need to hear from you. Join this workshop to learn about effective approaches that can be used to move public policy.

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Jessica Kendall

Families USA

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Maggie Norris Bent

Director of External Affairs, Westside Family Healthcare
Maggie Norris Bent is the Director of External Affairs with Westside Family Healthcare, a community health center in Delaware. She is responsible for oversight of Westside’s advocacy initiatives, fund development activities, and statewide community engagement strategies. Maggie... Read More →
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Graciela Guzman

Enrollment Coordinator, Patient Innovation Center
Coalition building, immigration and enrollment intersection, unique outreach methods
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Ann Lynch

American Dental Hygienists' Association
Ann Lynch is Director of Governmental Affairs for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Prior to working at the ADHA, Lynch served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2007-2010, representing Rochester, MN and surrounding communities. During her term, Lynch served as Vice... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Columbia A Ballroom Level
Friday, February 17


State Innovation Learning Collaborative (SILC) Networking Breakfast
SILC brings state advocates together to strategize on forward-thinking, progressive policies that can meaningfully impact health and health care for consumers. We will discuss health care and health wins that advocates can achieve in 2017’s difficult climate.

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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... Read More →

Friday February 17, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Columbia C Ballroom level


Networking Breakfast: Red State Caucus
At this year’s Red State Caucus Breakfast, we will hear from advocates about the impact of the 2016 elections and how they are navigating the 2017 legislative session. What obstacles or opportunities have the 2016 elections presented in your state? For your state’s current or upcoming legislative session, what issues do you expect to gain traction? How are you working with coalition partners and others in this work? Join us in a lively discussion of the challenges and opportunities surrounding the election outcomes in heavily conservative states. 

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Amanda Ptashkin

Project Manager, Southern Health Partners, Community Catalyst
The South! In my position at Community Catalyst, I manage our Southern Health Partners Project and work with advocates in AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA.

Friday February 17, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Columbia B Ballroom level


Access to Behavioral Health Care
Learn about opportunities to improve mental health and substance use care in states and communities under the recently enacted Cures Act and threats to mental health care if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced. 

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James Kimmey

Saint Loius University - College for Public Health and Social Justice
Dr. Kimmey is Professor Emeritus, Health Management and Policy, at St. Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice. He also serves on national, state, and local boards and advisory committees that address health care and educational issues. From 2001 until 2011... Read More →

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Nathaniel Counts

Mental Health America
Nathaniel is the Senior Director of Policy at Mental Health America, where he works to ensurethat Americans have access to effective behavioral health care when they first need it. Inparticular, he focuses on issues in incentive alignment and sustainable financing in behavioralhealth... Read More →
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Melinda Hasbrouck

Executive Director, Our Door Community Wellness Center, Green Door Behavioral Health
Melinda Hasbrouck lives in Washington, DC and self-identifies as a current consumer of mental health services, who has recovered from serious mental illnesses, including Bipolar Disorder, Suicidality, and Bulimia. Melinda developed a passion for mental/behavioral health advocacy from... Read More →
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Bethany Lilly

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Bethany Lilly is the Deputy Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy of the Judge David L. BazelonCenter for Mental Health Law. She works primarily on federal policy impacting people withmental illnesses, with particular focus on health care, including Medicaid and the AffordableCare... Read More →

Friday February 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Congressional B Lobby level


Pushing Toward a 21st Century Medicaid Program
States are not required to offer many benefits essential to moving Medicaid toward the triple aim. Increasing budget pressure makes the fight for critical optional services- like adult dental and home and community based services- and delivery systems like telemedicine more important than ever.

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Andrea Callow

Families USA

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Jennifer Goldberg

Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
Jennifer Goldberg is directing attorney at Justice in Aging, where she develops and implements initiatives that improve health care and long-term services and supports for low-income older adults across the country. Jennifer also serves as adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University... Read More →
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Mario Gutierrez

Center for Connected Health Policy
Mario Gutierrez is executive director of the Center for Connected Health Policy. Mr. Gutierrez joined CCHP in May 2010 as a senior policy associate, and brings with him more than thirty yearsof experience in California’s nonprofit health and health philanthropy sectors. Mr. Gutierrez... Read More →
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Cassandra Yarbrough

American Dental Association Health Policy Institute
Cassie is responsible for researching and analyzing policy changes that impact dentistry, oral health, and the healthcare landscape as a whole. Prior to joining the American Dental Association in 2013, she was a Program Analyst with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services... Read More →

Friday February 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Congressional CD Lobby level


Update on Immigrant Access to Health Care
What's on the horizon for health coverage of immigrants? Discuss fears, hopes, and what organizations are doing at the local, state and federal levels to fight back attempts to roll back immigrant protections and to work towards better coverage.

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Betzabel Estudillo

Health Policy Manager, California Immigrant Policy Center
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Max Hadler

New York Immigration Coalition
Max Hadler is the New York Immigration Coalition's Health Advocacy Specialist. He works on a range of issues and campaigns at the city and state levels to improve health access, coverage, and delivery for immigrant communities. Prior to joining the NYIC team he worked in many capacities... Read More →
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Angel Padilla

National Immigration Law Center
Angel Padilla works closely with other health project staff to develop and implement NILC’s federal immigrant health policy agenda. Prior to joining NILC in February 2014, he was an immigration policy consultant at National Council of La Raza. Before that, he was a legislative assistant... Read More →
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Luvia Quinones

Luvia Quiñones serves as the Health Policy Director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). In this role, Luvia oversees the Immigrant Health Care Access Initiative and in collaboration with ICIRR's members develops ICIRR's health policy agenda with a... Read More →

Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Yellowstone/Everglades 2nd floor