The ACA: Still alive or on life support?

Join a panel of health policy experts who will discuss the impact so far of the administration’s policies on the Affordable Care Act. Are people signing up on the exchanges? Are there regional or state by state differences? What is the future of the ACA?

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Tami Luhby, senior writer, CNNMoney. CNNMoney Senior Writer Tami Luhby covers the Affordable Care Act and health care policy, as well as economic mobility. Luhby previously covered personal finance for Newsday and banking for Crain’s New York Business. She teaches at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, from which she graduated in 1997. A lifelong Bronx resident, she is also a triathlete and marathon runner.




Sara Collins, vice president, Health Care Coverage & Access, The Commonwealth Fund. Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., is vice president for Health Care Coverage and Access program at The Commonwealth Fund. An economist, Dr. Collins joined the Fund in 2002 and has led the Fund’s national program on health insurance since 2005. Since joining the Fund, Dr. Collins has led several national surveys on health insurance and authored numerous reports, issue briefs and journal articles on health insurance coverage and policy. She has provided invited testimony before several Congressional committees and subcommittees. Prior to joining the Fund, Dr. Collins was associate director/senior research associate at the New York Academy of Medicine, Division of Health and Science Policy. Earlier in her career, she was an associate editor at U.S. News & World Report, a senior economist at Health Economics Research, and a senior health policy analyst in the New York City Office of the Public Advocate. She holds an A.B. in economics from Washington University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University.

Kevin Lucia, J.D., M.H.P., senior research fellow and project director at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. Kevin Lucia, J.D., M.H.P., is a Research Professor and Project Director at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. As part of a specialized research team, Mr. Lucia conducts extensive legal analysis on how states and the federal government regulate private health insurance with a focus on access, affordability and adequacy of coverage. Mr. Lucia’s research includes analysis of state and federal laws, pending legislation, and current market practices related to private health insurance. Mr. Lucia returned to Georgetown University in 2011, after directing the State Compliance Division within the Office of Oversight, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. From 2011-2016 Mr. Lucia served as an Executive Board Member and Chair of the Insurance Market Committee of the Health Benefit Exchange Authority for the District of Columbia. Mr. Lucia holds his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and an M.H.P. from Northeastern University.

Rodney Whitlock, vice president, health policy, ML Strategies. Rodney is a veteran health care policy professional with more than 20 years of experience working with the US Congress, where he served as health policy advisor and as Acting Health Policy Director for Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and, earlier, on the staff of former US Representative Charlie Norwood of Georgia. During his years with Representative Norwood, Rodney managed the Patients’ Bill of Rights, which passed the House in 1999 and 2001. In February 2005, Rodney left the office of Congressman Norwood to join the Finance Committee Staff as a health policy advisor to Chairman Grassley. In that capacity, he was lead Senate staffer for the Medicaid provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006. In 2007, Rodney worked on the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, which passed Congress twice and was subsequently vetoed twice by President George W. Bush. Rodney spent 2009 and 2010 deeply engaged in health care reform legislation. Late in 2010, he became the Acting Health Policy Director for Senator Grassley, and shepherded the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 into law. Following his tenure in Senator Grassley’s Congressional office, Rodney served as Health Policy Director in the Senator’s personal office.

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