January 2013 Issue

Spotlight Event

"What's Next?": A discussion about the fall election's impact on health care

Nearly 50 attendees joined Community Catalyst for our annual fall breakfast on November 9th at Foley Hoag, LLP in Boston. The event, What’s Next?, featured a discussion about the fall election results and the implications for health care. Guest speakers included Chris Jennings, former Senior Health Care Advisor to President William Clinton and President, Jennings Policy Strategies; Megan Hauck, Principal Policy and Political Strategist, Nathanson + Hauck; and Chauncy Lennon, Program Office for Economic Fairness, Ford Foundation.

Photo by Bethany Versoy

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Robert Restuccia, executive director, was appointed to The State Health Care Cost Containment Commission, a project of the University of Virginia Miller Center for Public Affairs, which will develop cost effective state strategies for curbing the growth in overall healthcare expenditures. Restuccia was also named as a Practice Change Senior Leader for Aging and Health by The Atlantic Philanthropies and The Hartford Foundation. In this role, he will provide input and expertise to projects aimed at improving care for older adults.

David Jordan, Dental Access Project director, discussed dental coverage for children under the Affordable Care Act's Essential Health Benefits in a Washington Post article.

Christine Barber, senior policy analyst, was appointed as a consumer liaison representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. As a consumer representative, Barber will support the interests of consumers in insurance regulatory issues.

Renée Markus Hodin, Integrated Care Advocacy Project director, is serving on the Advisory Group for the Program to Integrate Care for Dual Eligibles. Led by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the group aims to enhance the long-term viability and impact of high-performing integrated health plans for the dual eligible population.

Quynh Chi Nguyen, policy and program associate, recently authored a report, Moving Forward Despite Roadblocks, highlighting the continuing work of state advocates to develop Exchanges for their states.

Robert Resutccia explained the potential for the Affordable Care Act to significanlty decrease disparities in health care in a Boston Globe article.

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