Noam N. Levey is an award-winning national health care reporter for the Los Angeles Times, based in Washington, D.C. Over the last decade, he has reported on health reform from more than two dozen states around the country and on global health from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Noam’s stories about the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid and other health care issues regularly appear in newspapers nationwide, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun. He has also been published in Health Affairs, the Journal of the American Medical Assn. and Milbank Quarterly. Noam is currently working on a book about health policy innovators who are charting a more hopeful path toward affordable, high-quality care. Prior to joining the Times in 2003, Noam was an investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News in Silicon Valley. Noam has a degree in Middle Eastern history from Princeton University.
Karen Pollitz is a senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation. She works on the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance, tracking implementation of private market reforms with a focus on consumer protections. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on national health reform (2010-2011 and 1993-1997) and directed research on private health insurance at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from Oberlin College.
Andy Slavitt has decades of private and public sector leadership in health care. From 2015 to 2017 he served as the acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, overseeing the Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace, where he also oversaw the healthcare.gov turnaround in 2013. From 2003 to 2013, Andy worked at UnitedHealth Group, eventually serving as the group executive vice president for Optum. Andy founded and served as CEO of HealthAllies, a technology-based consumer health care company. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company and an investment banker with Goldman Sachs. Andy lives in Minnesota with his family. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and he received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Jeanette Thornton is the senior vice president of product, employer, and commercial policy at America’s Health Insurance Plans in Washington, D.C. In her current role, she oversees AHIP policy development covering the commercial market ranging from the individual market (including exchange implementation and operations), the small group market, employer sponsored health insurance and financial health and wellness coverage. A strategic leader with over 15 years of experience in health policy and government, Jeanette has extensively focused on Affordable Care Act regulations, implementation and health plan operations since early planning began. Before joining AHIP, Jeanette held positions in the federal government at the Office of Management and Budget and Social Security Administration.
Jenny Sullivan is the director of policy and programs at the Alliance for Health Policy, where she leads the policy team and programmatic planning for the organization. Previously, she was vice president of programs and director of the Best Practices Institute at Enroll America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission was to ensure that all Americans enrolled in and retained health coverage. She worked with national and state stakeholders to identify, develop, and disseminate information about outreach and enrollment best practices for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Progra, and the Health Insurance Marketplaces. Prior to joining Enroll America, Ms. Sullivan was a project officer in the Division of Children’s Health Insurance Programs at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where her work focused on crafting CHIP eligibility regulations for the Affordable Care Act. Before that, she served as a senior health policy analyst for Families USA, where she worked on Medicaid and CHIP, concentrating primarily on federal initiatives to strengthen and increase coverage for low-income people, including intensive work on the Affordable Care Act and the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. Prior to joining in Families USA, Ms. Sullivan was a research assistant at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center. Ms. Sullivan holds an M.H.S. in health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a B.A. in sociology from Kalamazoo College.