Event Description

In 2023, there was significant development in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, including the expiration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and the issuance of the executive order on artificial intelligence. This event featured an analysis of potential health policy priorities at both state and federal levels for this upcoming election year, and provided a review of major legislative milestones from 2023 and their potential implications for 2024. Panelists also discussed how the election will shape policymaking on the federal and state level along with must-pass legislation for 2024.

Learning Goals

  • Identified key pieces of legislation and regulations that were signed into law in 2023 and their impact on 2024. 
  • Discussed how different health policy priorities will be affected by the 2024 presidential election. 
  • Discussed health-related items that are up for reauthorization.
  • Identified themes and topics that will be top of mind for federal lawmakers in 2024 and potential vehicles for movement. 

This event was made possible with support from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM).


Sarah Kuehl Egge, MPP

Founding Partner & Principal, SplitOak Strategies
Sarah Kuehl Egge, MPP, is a founding partner of SplitOak Strategies in Washington, D.C., a bipartisan consulting firm, where she focuses on health care policy across a wide range of sectors and federal programs. Sarah began her career on Capitol Hill over two decades ago as a Legislative Assistant and Policy Analyst to former Finance Committee member Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE), advising him on tax, health care, Social Security, budget and appropriations matters. For nearly a dozen years, Sarah served as the lead health and entitlements analyst for the Democratic Staff of the Senate Budget Committee under Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND), where her portfolio included private health insurance coverage, Medicare, Social Security and transportation issues. She worked extensively on multiple budget resolutions, reconciliation bills and key legislation, including the Affordable Care Act, the Budget Control Act, the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act, and the Deficit Reduction Act. Sarah was a key advisor to Chairman Conrad during his participation with the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (aka, “Bowles-Simpson Commission”). During her Senate tenure, Sarah was selected by Co-Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) to serve as Deputy Staff Director of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (aka, the “Supercommittee”), where she helped Committee members navigate the complex issues and tradeoffs associated with significant deficit reduction. Sarah received a bachelor's in history and public affairs from the University of Denver and a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She is a native of Omaha, Nebraska.

Nicholas Uehlecke

Principal, Todd Strategy Group
Nicholas Uehlecke joined Todd Strategy Group in 2021. He is a former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. In his role, he worked on Medicare, Medicaid, commercial and general insurance issues, health care reform and a range of other topics under the jurisdiction of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration. Nick also spent time working on key areas related to regulatory burden relief, drug pricing, health care data, health IT, health system integration, and efforts to make health care more value-based in America. Nick also served as HHS staff-lead on the Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative and worked on a range of issues related to the COVID-19 public health emergency, including the administration of the $178 billion Provider Relief Fund. Prior to HHS, Nick was a Professional Staff Member for the Committee on Ways and Means in the House of Representatives for eight years, working on issues ranging from Medicare’s Parts A and B, Medicare Advantage and Part D, and commercial insurance and Affordable Care Act reforms. Before Nick’s tenure on Capitol Hill, he spent time as an analyst for the Marwood Group, working on health care as well as financial services, education, and energy policy.

Hemi Tewarson, J.D., MPH

Executive Director, National Academy of State and Health Policy (NASHP)
Hemi Tewarson, J.D., MPH is the executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization committed to improving the health and well-being of all people across every state. At NASHP, Hemi leads an organization that is at the forefront of engaging state leaders and bringing together partners to develop and advance state health policy innovations. Under her direction, NASHP is leading efforts with states in areas including state COVID-19 recovery, health care costs and value, coverage, child and family health, aging, family caregiving, health care workforce, behavioral health, social determinants of health, health equity, and public health modernization. Previously, Hemi worked at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy as a senior fellow and served as the director of the Health Division at the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices. She also served as senior attorney for the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Government Accountability Office addressing Medicaid and related health care topics for members of Congress. She holds a JD from George Washington University, an MPH from George Washington University, and a BA in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.

Julie Rovner

Chief Washington Correspondent, KFF Health News
Julie Rovner is Chief Washington Correspondent at KFF Health News and host of its weekly health policy news podcast, “What the Health?” She joined KFF Health News after 16 years as health policy correspondent for NPR, where she helped lead the network’s coverage of the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. A noted expert on health policy issues, Julie is the author of the critically praised reference book “Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z,” now in its third edition. In 2005, she was awarded the National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress. Before working at NPR, Julie covered health policy for National Journal’s Congress Daily and for Congressional Quarterly, among other organizations.

Presentation: Speaker Slides