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Thursday, February 16


Taking Action to Address Rising Prescription Drug Prices
States are leading the way with policies and legislation to tackle the rising cost of prescription drugs. This panel of state advocates will talk about the policy approaches in their states, their organizations’ campaigns, and share lessons learned.

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Caitlin Morris

Program Director for Health System Transformation, Families USA
Caitlin Morris is the Health System Transformation Program Director at Families USA. Her work focuses on improving health care delivery and quality through evidence-based medicine, care coordination, patient-centered outcomes research, health information technology (HIT), and quality... Read More →

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Matthew Celentano

Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative
Matthew Celentano is the Deputy Director of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, and the Health Care for All Campaign. He has been with the organization since January of 2002. In those years, the organization has had major victories for health care consumers. It helped expand... Read More →
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Jesse O'Brien

Jesse Ellis O’Brien is OSPIRG's Policy Director, helping to coordinate policy development, research and advocacy for OSPIRG's many public interest campaigns. He leads OSPIRG's health care work, researching policies and strategies for Oregon to lower the cost of health care while... Read More →
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Brian Rosman

Health Care For All (Massachusetts)
Brian Rosman is the Policy and Government Relations Director of Health Care For All in Massachusetts. Brian’s work focuses on policy advocacy and analysis related to Massachusetts and national health reform, public health coverage programs, health delivery system reform and other... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Congressional CD 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
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


A View from the Hill (CLOSED TO THE PRESS)
Senior-level congressional staff members will share their insights on what’s at stake in Congress for health care policy in 2017.

This workshop is closed to the Press.  

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Jane Sheehan

Government Affairs Associate, Families USA


Nick Bath

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Minority Staff
Nick Bath is Health Policy Director for Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray. Previously, he was Chief Health Counsel to Senator Murray on the Senate Budget Committee.  He started his career on the Hill in 2006 as Counsel and Investigator for the Democratic Policy Committee... Read More →

Veronica Duron

Office of Senator Chuck Schumer (D–NY), Senate Minority Leader
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Anne Dwyer

Senate Finance Committee, Minority Staff
Anne Dwyer serves as Health Counsel for the United States Senate Finance Committee under Ranking Member Ron Wyden. As Health Counsel, she focuses on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, women’s health, mental health, and prevention. Prior to joining the committee... Read More →

Friday February 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Columbia B Ballroom level


Surprise Bills, Network Adequacy, and Provider Directories
Policymakers on both sides of the aisle have championed surprise bill, network adequacy, and provider directory reforms to make care more accessible and affordable. Join to strategize on achieving the next wins on these issues.

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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 →


Maura Collinsgru

New Jersey Citizen Action
Maura Collinsgru is the Health Care Program Director for New Jersey Citizen Action, a statewide progressive advocacy organization fighting for social and economic justice. Since joining the organizationin 2013, Maura has overseen the development and implementation of the organization’s... Read More →
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Debra Judy

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
Debra Judy joined the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) in September 2010 as Policy Director. In that capacity, she works to promote policies that facilitate access to quality, affordable, and equitable health care for all Coloradans. She sits on numerous state health care... Read More →
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Caroline Sanders

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN)
Cary Sanders earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining CPEHN, Cary worked as a policy analyst for the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) promoting pro-immigrant policies that address and respect the needs and contributions... Read More →

Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Congressional CD Lobby level


Defending Medicare in 2017
With a new congress and a new administration, changes to the Medicare program may be on the horizon. This workshop will equip advocates with a strong understanding of the Medicare program and the risks of commonly proposed changes.

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Ellen Albritton

Families USA

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Gretchen Jacobson

Kaiser Family Foundation
Gretchen Jacobson is an Associate Director with the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Program on Medicare Policy where she directs and conducts a variety of projects pertaining to the Medicare program and the population it serves.  Prior to joining the Kaiser Family Foundation, Dr. Jacobson... Read More →
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Stacy Sanders

Federal Policy Director, Medicare Rights Center

Paul Van De Water

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Columbia C Ballroom level