One of the priorities established in the Affordable Care Act is providing better, more efficient care to the “dual eligibles,” low-income seniors enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. AcademyHealth’s 2012 National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) will feature a panel on this topic, which is crucial to the nation’s goal of restraining health care cost growth without harming consumers. Participants from the federal and state governments and the private sector will discuss the Federal Coordinated Health Care Office, established by the ACA to improve the integration of Medicare and Medicaid and generally promote all-inclusive care programs. Health Affairs is a media partner for this event.

Register to attend the NHPC here. The conference agenda also includes presentations on their 2012 agendas from top federal policymakers in the executive and legislative branches. In addition, the conference will offer a special focus on issues facing the states as they work to implement health reform:

Challenges of ACA Implementation at the State Level
Representatives from some of the agencies at play discuss ACA implementation at the state level.

  • Robert St. Peter, Kansas Health Institute
  • Kim Belshé, Former Secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency
  • Chuck Milligan, State of Maryland
  • Mike Rothman, State of Minnesota

Update on Exchanges
The role of rate reviews, essential benefits packages, and insurance market reform on exchange creation.

  • Enrique Martinez-Vidal, AcademyHealth
  • Danielle Holahan, New York State
  • Kim Holland, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Redefining Public Health Post-ACA
How state and local health departments must transform to stay relevant in this post-reform environment.

  • Jeff Levi, Trust For America’s Health
  • Bechara Choucair, City of Chicago
  • Paul Halverson, State of Arkansas
  • Anand Parekh, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Eduardo Sanchez, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Medicaid Managed Care
Research on managed care as states rely more heavily on these arrangements to deliver services.

  • Alyna Chien, Children’s Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School
  • Kevin Hayden, WellPoint, Inc.
  • David Kelley, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare