2019 Bipartisan Health Policy Retreat for Congressional and Related Agency Staff

January 25, 2019

Engage in conversations featuring panelists of policy experts from across the nation and familiarize yourself with potential health policy issues in the 2019 legislative cycle.

With the introduction of the 116th Congress, we are grateful that you could join us for an opportunity to explore the foundations and fundamentals of the U.S. health care system as well as delve deeper into the major legislation and regulations informing today’s health and health care issues.

In addition, this day-long event provided staff with an understanding of policy considerations for the three largest sources of health care coverage in the United States—Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance. Each session outlined coverage trends, benefit designs, and payment mechanisms for each insurance program.  Expert panelists discussed challenges facing these institutions, opportunities to improve coverage and care for beneficiaries, and key policy issues likely to be addressed in the 2019 legislative session.

This event is off-the-record and strictly for congressional, executive branch and agency employees.
Others will not be allowed to attend.

Presented by: 

No government, corporate, or special interest funds are involved.

For further information, please contact Director of External Affairs Kelly Appenzeller at kappenzeller@allhealthpolicy.org or call 202-789-2300.



8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. |  Registration/ Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. |  Welcome and Introductions

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. |  Session 1: What’s Ahead in Health Care

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. |  Session 2: Understanding the Role of Medicaid

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. |  Networking Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. |  Session 3: Modernizing Medicare to Reward Better Care

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. |  Session 4: Cost and Coverage Trends in the Commercial Market

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. |  Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. |  Session 5: Perspectives on Prescription Drug Costs


Session 1: What’s Ahead in Health Care

Moderator: David Blumenthal, M.D., MPP, President, The Commonwealth Fund

  • Lanhee Chen, Ph.D., J.D., David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow, Hoover Institutio; Director, Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer, Public Policy Program, Stanford University
  • Chris Jennings, Founder and President, Jennings Policy Strategies

Session 2: Understanding the Role of Medicaid

Moderator: Rachel Nuzum, MPH, Vice President, Federal and State Health Policy, The Commonwealth Fund

  • Andy Schneider, J.D.,  Research Professor, Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University
  • Calder Lynch, MSHA, Senior Counselor to the Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Hemi Tewarson, J.D., MPH, Director, Health Division, National Governors Association
  • Kirstin Beach, MPH, Dr.PH, Assistant Vice President, Regulatory
    and Legislative Policy, Montefiore Health System

Session 3: Modernizing Medicare to Reward Better Care

Moderator: Kathleen A. Curran, J.D., Senior Director, Public Policy, Catholic Health Association of the United States

  • James Mathews, Ph.D., Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
  • Amber Wilink, Ph.D., Health Services Researcher, Johns Hopkins
    Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Purva Rawal, Ph.D., Principal, CapView Strategies
  • Kristin Welsh, Founding Partner, Welsh Rose, LLC

Session 4: Cost and Coverage Trends in the Commercial Market

Moderator: Sarah J. Dash, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for Health Policy 

  • Sara Collins, Ph.D., Vice President, Health Care Coverage and Access, The Commonwealth Fund
  • Justin Giovannelli, J.D., MPP, Associate Research Professor and Project Director, Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Georgetown University
  • Steve Wojcik, M.A., Vice President, Public Policy, National Business Group on Health
  • Chris Holt, Director of Health Care Policy, American Action Forum

Session 5: Perspectives on Prescription Drug Costs

Moderator: Shawn Bishop, MPP, Vice President, Controlling Health Care Costs and Advancing Medicare, The Commonwealth Fund

  • Jack Hoadley, Ph.D., M.A., Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
  • Robert Dubois, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Science Officer and Executive Vice President, National Pharmaceutical Council
  • Lauren Aronson, Executive Director, Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing
  • John O’Brien, Pharm.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services