Womens Health Preconference: Fall Forum 2013


Women’s Health: Policy Strategies and Innovations for Wellness

Marriott Wardman Park |  Washington, D.C. |  Dec.  3, 2013



Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013


10:30 a.m.-Noon

Welcome and Introductions

Moderator: Senator Amanda McGill, Nebraska


Women and Wellness

This session will provide an overview of important considerations for legislators working to improve the health of women and girls in their states. Topics will include chronic disease prevention, supporting healthy lifestyles, attention to domestic violence, and women and mental health.


Speaker: Frances Ashe-Goins, associate director for partnerships and programs, Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Presentation (37-pages PDF file)

12:15-2 p.m.

Lunch and Roundtable Discussion: Chronic Disease

Join your colleagues for lunch and discussions of hot topics in your states. Hear about the changing landscape of access to healthcare for cancer patients.


Moderator: Representative Jane Powdrell-Culbert, New Mexico


Speaker: Lisa Nelson, senior director, state government affairs, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Presentation (13-pages PDF file)


2-3 p.m.

Improving Cost and Quality: State Medicaid Innovations

Two of the most important and challenging health care issues for state policymakers are improving patient care and, at the same time, controlling escalating costs. How health care is paid for affects how it is delivered. This session will provide an update on the federal State Innovation Models (SIMs) initiative. SIMs support state efforts to develop and test payment reform models and health care delivery system transformation, including strategies, like medical homes and accountable care organizations, that reduce the burden of chronic diseases.


Moderator: Representative Matt Hudson, Florida


Speaker: Tricia McGinnis, director of delivery system reform, Center for Health Care Strategies - Presentation (17-pages PDF file)


3:15-5 p.m.

A New Era in Outreach and Enrollment

Health insurance exchanges, also known as marketplaces, began enrolling customers Oct. 1. Legislators face new constituent needs as the shift in obtaining coverage through the exchanges occurs. This session will address outreach and enrollment efforts from state, federal, and partnership exchanges across the country. What do legislators need to know to address constituents’ questions? What are the most common questions among consumers? What innovative approaches are states using to enroll hard-to-reach consumers? What role do navigators play in the exchange in your state?


Speakers: Jocelyn Guyer, director, Manatt Health Solutions - Presentation (20-pages PDF file)

Senator Irene Aguilar, Colorado - Presentation (17-pages PDF file)

Representative Mark Biviano, Arkansas

Sheldon Weisgrau, director, health reform resource project, Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved - Presentation (7-pages PDF file)


5-6 p.m.


Networking Reception


6-8 p.m.

Dinner and Plenary: Innovations in Caregiving

Women are the primary users of long-term care services and supports, and nine in ten Americans who need long-term care services receive them from an informal, unpaid caregiver, the majority of whom are women. This session will include a discussion of how states can support these informal caregivers, and information about what the future of caregiving will look like.  


Moderator: Representative Brenda Gilmore, Tennessee


Speakers: Adrienne Johnson, executive director, SeniorNavigator, Virginia Presentation (44-pages PDF file)

Richard Lindsay, M.D., professor emeritus of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center



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