October 2012 Issue

Spotlight Event

2012 Consumer Voices for Coverage Annual Meeting

Cindy Mann, Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, gave the keynote address at the 2012 Consumer Voices for Coverage Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The CVC Meeting brings together state consumer health advocates from across the country to work on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Spotlight Event

The Impact of Health Reform on Business in Massachusetts: Lessons from Six Years of Experience

Massachusetts business leaders discussed the success of the state's health reform law and their involvement in its passage and implementation at a panel discussion at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business on September 10. "The Impact of Health Reform on Business in Massachusetts: Lessons from Six Years of Experience" drew the interest of Georgetown students and faculty, Hill staffers and representatives from industry. Community Catalyst helped organize the event, which was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

Pictured (L to R): David Thomas, Dean of the McDonough School of Business; Jack Connors, Chair Emeritus, Hill Holiday; Mary Ella Payne, Vice President System Legislative Leadership, Ascension Health; Richard Lord, President and CEO, Associated Industries of Massachusetts; Linda Blumberg, economist and senior fellow at the Urban Institute; and Michael Widmer, President, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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Robert Restuccia, executive director, joined a Boston Globe panel to discuss next steps for moving forward on Affordable Care Act implementation after the Supreme Court ruling on the law.

David Jordan, Dental Access Project director, explained to the Minnesota Star Tribune that states across the country are looking to the dental therapist model in operation in Alaska and Minnesota to help expand access to the 82 million Americans without dental care.

Jessica Curtis, Hospital Accountability Project director, underscored the importance of strong federal regulation in protecting consumers from crippling medical debt and unfair hospital billing and collection processes in The Boston Globe and in Modern HealthCare.

The New England Alliance for Children's health released a policy brief on The Sickle Cell Treatment Act on opportunities for advocacy to fully implement the law and draw down additional Medicaid matching funds to conduct public outreach and education about the disease.

Anna Dunbar-Hester and Eva Marie Stahl, policy analysts, laid out the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on millions of Americans-highlighting key benefits for consumers and explaining how the law strengthens the safety net-in the Boston Bar Association's Health Law Reporter

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