Health Care Unscrambled 2015!
Please join us for the fifth annual Health Care Unscrambled policy breakfast event on the morning of January 15! This year’s event features two powerhouse panels: a bipartisan legislative discussion and a panel that will spotlight the recent experiences of Kentucky and Arkansas, two Southern states that are moving forward with innovative plans to cover their uninsured and improve population health, and feature the insights of a national expert.
Health Care Unscrambled also provides a unique opportunity for Georgia health care advocates, policymakers, stakeholders, and consumers to come together just as the Legislative Session is getting underway to focus our attention on the most pressing health policy issues facing our state. Georgians for a Healthy Future will also announce our 2015 legislative priorities and have copies of our signature Consumer Health Advocate’s Guide to the Legislative Session on hand for all attendees. You can purchase your ticket for Health Care Unscrambled 2015 here.
Our speakers for the Southern Solutions: Covering the Uninsured panel discussion at Health Care Unscrambled are:
Emily Whelan Parento is the Executive Director of the Office of Health Policy. Ms. Parento holds a JD and LLM in Global Health Law from Georgetown University Law Center, and a BBA from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to her appointment at the Office of Health Policy, Ms. Parento held a fellowship at Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, where she conducted research in domestic and global health law and policy. Ms. Parento has also served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where she taught health law, administrative law, and a food and drug law seminar. Earlier in her career she practiced litigation at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Menlo Park, CA, and Stites & Harbison PLLC in Louisville, KY and served as a federal judicial clerk to the Hon. John G. Heyburn II in Louisville. As Executive Director of the Office of Health Policy, Ms. Parento advises on all health policy matters impacting the health of Kentuckians, and works to build a cohesive, holistic view of health policy at the state level.
Joan Alker is the Executive Director of the Center for Children and Families and a research associate professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on health coverage for low-income children and families. She is an expert on Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Joan is a frequent speaker and commentator and has appeared in many media outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Kaiser Health News, Associated Press and CNN. Sarah Kliff with VOX Media wrote that Joan Alker “knows more about Medicaid than anyone I’ve ever met.”
Alker has more than twenty years of experience working on issues affecting low-income families. She holds a Master of Philosophy in politics from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in political science from Bryn Mawr College.
Marquita Little joined Arkansas Advocates for Children in Families in 2014 as the Health Policy Director. She previously served as the Director of Policy and Planning at the Arkansas Department of Human Services, and was actively involved in the department’s health care reform, ACA implementation efforts, and payment improvement initiative. Little has several years of experience in direct services for low-income families and youth in foster care, including work with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and Youth Villages in Memphis, TN. Her previous research and policy analysis work has focused on health care payment models, afterschool and summer programs, behavioral health services, and transition aged youth in foster care. Little’s community involvement includes service to Arkansas Nonprofit Association board of directors, Young Nonprofit Professionals (YNPN) Little Rock Chapter, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She earned a Master of Public Service degree from the Clinton School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hendrix College.
Our speakers for the Bipartisan Legislative Panel at Health Care Unscrambled are:
Sen. Dean Burke (R-11)
We hope you can join us on January 15th! You can purchase your tickets here.
Benefit & Launch Party for the Somebody finally asked me campaign!
Georgians for a Healthy Future and the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse are teaming up to launch a new public health advocacy campaign — Somebody finally asked me! — to prevent addiction and its harmful effects among Georgia’s youth, and we want you to be a part of it. Please join us at the beautiful and modern Ansley Park home of Iris & Bruce Feinberg (recently featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine!) on the evening of October 29th to learn more about this new campaign and its aims, to meet the experts, advocates, and community partners involved in getting it off the ground, and to preview our new campaign materials and public health messaging.
This education and advocacy campaign is in partnership with Community Catalyst and supported by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, alongside similar initiatives in Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. As a national funder making a multi-year financial commitment in Georgia, the Hilton Foundation also requires a local commitment. We have been challenged to raise $30,000 in Georgia to help support this work—a big opportunity to leverage the national dollars coming into Georgia through the Hilton Foundation. We hope that, after hearing about this project, you will want to support it with a donation that is meaningful for you and to become involved as a voice for a healthy future. We welcome your input, ideas, and participation to maximize the impact of this effort in Georgia. There is no required minimum donation or ticket price associated with this event, but we sincerely hope you will be motivated to support this campaign after learning more about it.
Speakers will include Jay Neil, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry; Courtney Wright, Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist; and Alice Dembner Project Director, Substance Use Disorders Project, Community Catalyst.
Date and time: October 29, 2014 6-8 PM
Location: At the home of Iris & Bruce Feinberg, 55 Lafayette Drive NE Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Report Release: The Impact of Health Insurance Navigators on Consumer Experiences: Finds from an Evaluation of the First Open Enrollment Period
Thank you to those who joined Seedco and Georgians for a Healthy Future for the release of a comprehensive evaluation report on consumer and navigator experiences in four states during the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period. Why did some consumers have more success enrolling in coverage than others? How did consumers’ health insurance literacy and health needs impact their enrollment experience? What role did in-person assistance play in enrollment success? These and other topics were discussed by our panel featuring:
Dr. Pamela Roshell
Director, Region IV, US Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Don Rubin
Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia
Executive Vice President, Programs, Seedco
Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future
The evaluation study was conducted by a team of researchers at the Department of Health Policy and Management in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia.
To download the report, click here.
Thank you to those who came out to help Georgians for a Healthy Future celebrate five years of health advocacy!
Please join us for an evening of celebration and conversation with Georgians for a Healthy Future on August 7th. It’s been five years since we launched in 2009 with a commitment to provide a strong voice for Georgia health care consumers and communities as health policy is made in our state, and it’s been an action-packed five years! Please join Georgians for a Healthy Future’s board, staff, and our longtime champions as we reflect on our successes and challenges over the past five years and look ahead to the next five.
3560 Lenox Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326-4266
Thank you to our host committee sponsors for supporting this event:
Harry Heiman & Abby Friedman
Ilene Engel & Bob Arotsky
Melinda & Phil Holladay
Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Absolute CARE Medical Center & Pharmacy
Easter Seals of Southern Georgia
Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia
UGA College of Public Health
Voices for Georgia’s Children
Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who came out for Health Care Unscrambled 2014!
Abby Friedman & Harry Heiman
Georgia Center for Healthier Communities
Kent & Diane Alexander
Robert & Amy Arogeti
Georgia Advocacy Office
Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Susan Kupferberg & Richard Mitchell
Allison + Partners
American Cancer Society
Lois & Larry Frank
Georgia Academy of Family Physicians
Georgia Council on Substance Abuse
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
The Spiegel Calvin Group at UBS
Urban League of Greater Atlanta
Advocates for Responsible Care
Elaine & Miles Alexander
American Academy of Pediatrics, Georgia Chapter
American College of Physicians Georgia Chapter
Center for Black Women’s Wellness
Easter Seals Southern Georgia, Inc.
Feminist Women’s Health Center
Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
Georgia Charitable Care Network
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
Georgia Dental Association
Georgia Psychological Association
Georgia Rural Health Association
Georgia Women for a Change
Grady Health Foundation
The Health Initiative
Medical Association of Georgia
Lewis & Joanie Shubin
St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services
Statewide Independent Living Council
University of Georgia, College of Public Health
Selected Georgians for a Healthy Future Events: 2013 GHF benefit concert: Paul Thorn at Variety Playhouse Sept. 7 Thank you for joinin Georgians for a Healthy Future at our first ever benefit concert at Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points with headliner Paul Thorn on September 7, 2013. To view pictures from the concert, click here.
All Hands on Deck: An Evening with Georgians for a Healthy Future
Thanks to everyone who came out to support Georgians for a Healthy Future at our annual summer event on June 27th! You can view pictures from the event here.
Cover Georgia Day at the Capitol Georgians for a Healthy Future along with 100 advocates and Cover Georgia coalition partners spent the day at the Gold Dome on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 to deliver a message: coverage matters. Health care consumers, advocates, providers and others gathered for a morning training on Medicaid expansion and then walked over to the Capitol to share the message with their elected officials. For pictures from the event, click here.
Health Care Unscrambled 2013
Georgians for a Healthy Future’s third annual Health Care Unscrambled policy breakfast event, held on January 10, 2013, featured a lively panel discussion with key Georgia policymakers including Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, State Representative Pat Gardner, and State Representative Sharon Cooper. We also heard insights from keynote speaker Jonathan Cohn, one of the nation’s preeminent health policy journalists, on health reform through a national lens. This annual event also brings together policymakers, stakeholders, and advocates just as the Legislative Session is getting underway and gives them the opportunity to connect with each other. Georgians for a Healthy Future also presented our 2013 legislative & policy agenda and publicly launched the Cover Georgia campaign in support of covering Georgia’s uninsured by expanding Medicaid in Georgia.
Georgians for a Healthy Future Events: 2012 Capturing the Moment: An Evening with Georgians for a Healthy Future Georgians for a Healthy Future held a reception and fundraiser on the terrace of the offices of Nelson Mullins in Atlantic Station on the evening of August 14th, 2012, to support our consumer health advocacy work at this critical moment in history. The recent Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act was a major victory for health care consumers, but it was just a first step. We celebrated this win and charted the course ahead to ensure that health reform becomes a reality in Georgia.
Rally to Protect Our Health Care Georgians for a Healthy Future rallied with HealthSTAT, Doctors for America, Votehealthcare.org and Know Your Care Georgia on the afternoon of March 26th, 2012 in a show of support for the progress that has been made for health care consumers and patients since the Affordable Care Act became law. Our speakers–doctors, patients, legislators, and advocates–shared the stories of Georgians who have been able to get coverage through the PCIP; young adults who are now on their parents’ insurance plans; and seniors who have received Medicare donut hole rebates, making their needed prescriptions more affordable. We also made the case for continuing state implementation of the ACA so that we can craft a Georgia solution to our health care problems and ensure that people have access to quality and affordable health care. At the conclusion of the rally, we delivered a petition to Governor Deal signed by several hundred Georgians who want to move forward with health reform in our state.
Kick Butts Day Georgians for a Healthy Future rallied in coalition with the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids on March 21, 2012, at the state capitol in celebration of national Kick Butts Day and to call upon Georgia policymakers to increase the state’s cigarette tax by $1 (Bump it up a Buck!). By bumping up the per pack fee on cigarettes by $1, state leaders can help make the 10,600 kids in Georgia who start smoking each year stop before they start. And, leaders will have a chance to change the lives of the 10,500 Georgians who die each year from smoking-caused illnesses. Bumping it up a Buck will help save critical programs and services, save kids from addiction to tobacco, and encourage current smokers to quit. Georgians for a Healthy Future remains active in the Bump it up a Buck coalition and will continue to support a $1 increase in the state’s cigarette tax.
Health Care Unscrambled 2012 Georgians for a Healthy Future’s second annual Health Care Unscrambled policy breakfast event, held on January 12, 2012, featured a panel of policymakers including Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, Representatives Pat Gardner and Richard Smith, and Senators Renee Unterman and Nan Orrock. We heard from these key decision-makers about the issues on their radar, and we also got a report on the national landscape from Dr. Len Nichols, one of the nation’s most respected and influential health economists and health reform experts. The event was a unique opportunity for policymakers, stakeholders, academics, and advocates to come together to discuss Georgia’s health care challenges and opportunities just as the 2012 Legislative Session was getting underway. Georgians for a Healthy Future also presented our 2012 legislative & policy agenda and distributed our signature Consumer Health Advocates Guide to the Georgia Legislative Session at the event.
Selected Georgians for a Healthy Future Events: 2011 Building a Healthy Georgia Throughout 2011, Georgians for a Healthy Future spearheaded a series of community events around the state of Georgia. The Building a Healthy Georgia series was a collaborative public education campaign led by Georgians for a Healthy Future and partner organizations Voices for Georgia’s Children, HealthSTAT, Georgia Budget & Policy Institute, AARP of Georgia and the Georgia Rural Health Association. The series of events fostered a dialogue with community leaders, medical providers, health care stakeholders, social services professionals, human services agencies, and individual consumers in several Georgia communities on the most important health care issues facing these communities; identified and drew attention to public policy initiatives at the local, state, and national levels that can address these issues; and developed a more cohesive statewide network of health care advocates. In an effort to address the various needs and issues of local communities and the vast array of topics surrounding health care in Georgia, each forum had a tailored focus (described below).
Building a Healthy Georgia: Widening the Safety Net and Ensuring Greater Access to Care This forum, held on November 30, 2011 in Savannah, brought together medical professionals, safety-net providers, small business owners, and students to examine potential new options for people who currently are uninsured and utilize the health care safety net and how to empower communities to take up the cause and make upcoming changes to Georgia’s health care infrastructure work for consumers across the state. To view the power point presentations from the forum, click here.
Building a Healthy Georgia: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Central Georgia’s 50+ Community This forum, held on November 15, 2011 in Macon and jointly hosted by Georgians for a Healthy Future and AARP of Georgia, explained what the health care law means for Central Georgia’s 50+ community and their families. To view the power point presentations from the forum, click here.
Building a Healthy Georgia: The Role of Future Public Health Professionals and Public Health Policy-making This forum, held on September 30, 2011 in Athens, engaged students, professors, health care providers and the larger public health community in Athens and explained the role that public health has in our everyday lives and how critical it is to be actively engaged in its promotion in the future. It also explored the changing face of public health from a state, federal and local perspective and underscored the opportunities to guide its direction moving forward. To view the power point presentations from the forum, click here.
Building a Healthy Georgia: Workforce Development and the Value of Ensuring Access to Health Care This forum, held on September 8, 2011 in Butler (Taylor County), centered around how the state is bolstering workforce development and how business owners, health care providers, community leaders and health care consumers can take advantage of upcoming opportunities to improve health care and access in Georgia.To view the power point presentations from the forum, click here.
Building a Healthy Georgia: Exploring Policies and Practices to Improve Children’s Access to Health Care Services This forum, held on August 25, 2011 in Augusta, was a community conversation centered around the barriers that children in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) face when accessing vital health care services. The goal of this symposium was to catalyze an effort to advocate for policy and practice changes to remove existing access barriers and strengthen the overall health care delivery system for children in Georgia. To view the power point presentations from the forum, click here.
Georgians for a Healthy Future Cocktail Reception & Fundraiser Georgians for a Healthy Future held a reception and fundraiser in March 2011 to support consumer health advocacy. Board Member Pat Nobbie emceed the event and Representatives Pat Gardner and Simone Bell spoke about health care legislation in the General Assembly, while Dean Phil Williams of the School of Public Health at the University of Georgia spoke about new legislation creating a standalone Department of Public Health in Georgia.
Selected Georgians for a Healthy Future Events: 2010 Health Care Unscrambled Georgians for a Healthy Future held our first annual Health Care Unscrambled policy breakfast event on December 7, 2010 featuring a panel discussion with Alan Weil of the National Academy for State Health Policy; Anton Gunn, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Dr. Phaedra Corso of the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. We interviewed event participants to learn about their work, their interests, and what they hoped to learn during the event. Click below to watch the video!
Georgians for a Healthy Future also unveiled our 2011 legislative & policy agenda at the event, available here.
Care Beyond College: Dependent Care Coverage Explained This roundtable discussion, held on September 23, 2010 at Emory University, raised awareness of important new health care consumer protections for young adults with a particular focus on the new option for young adults to remain on a parent’s health insurance plan until age 26. Participants included Dr. Michael Huey, Executive Director of Emory Student Health and Counseling Services; Amanda Ptashkin, Georgians for a Healthy Future’s Outreach & Advocacy Director; Joann Yoon, Associate Policy Director for Child Health at Voices for Georgia’s Children; Dr. Minesh Shah, Instructor, Emory University School of Medicine and Attending Physician, Grady Health System; and State Representative Pat Gardner.
Health Care: 2010 and Beyond In August and September of 2010, Georgians for a Healthy Future jointly hosted a series of educational forums with the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute, Voices for Georgia’s Children, and AARP. Forums were held in Athens, Rome, Butler, Tifton, Macon, and Savannah throughout the months of August and September 2010. The events brought together local community leaders, providers, and consumers for a lively set of conversations about upcoming changes in health care and what it all means for Georgia. All of the power point presentations from the series of events are posted in the Presentations section of the Georgians for a Healthy Future website.
Spotlight on Georgians with Diagnosed Pre-Existing Health Conditions This conversation, hosted by Georgians for a Healthy Future and held on May 27, 2010 at the American Cancer Society, featured testimonials from Georgia patients with chronic health conditions about the challenges they face navigating the health system and what health reform’s new consumer protections, including the provision that will no longer allow insurance companies to deny people for coverage because they have a pre-existing condition going into effect in 2014, will mean for them. The event also unveiled new data from a Families USA report that found that approximately 1.8 million Georgians under age 65 have a diagnosed pre-existing condition.
Georgians for a Healthy Future Cocktail Reception Georgians for a Healthy Future held our first annual cocktail reception on February 23, 2010, to bring friends, partners, and fellow advocates together for an evening of fun in support of our health advocacy work.
Selected Georgians for a Healthy Future Events: 2009 Georgians for a Healthy Future Launch Event at the State Capitol On October 22, 2009, Georgians for a Healthy Future was officially launched at an event at the State Capitol! The Board of Directors introduced GHF’s first Executive Director Cindy Zeldin and discussed our mission and vision for Georgia.