Federal Perspectives on the Affordable Care Act
Note – Lunch will not be served; however, food will be available for purchase.
In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care (ACA) became the law of the land and President Obama issued the United States’ first National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Three years later, our efforts to improve early diagnosis, expand access to care and reduce health disparities have made significant progress. On October 1, 2013, open enrollment will begin for ACA health plans both in the federal and state marketplaces. These changes will transform our entire health care system, including America’s HIV/AIDS infrastructure. In accordance with the third anniversary of the release of the NHAS and on the eve of ACA open enrollment, the White House has issued an executive order establishing a new Continuum of Care Initiative aimed at improving health care engagement and outcomes among people living with HIV or AIDS. Speakers will explain the current state of the federal government’s efforts to implement health care reform, and improve targeting and coordination of HIV/AIDS programs.
Moderator: Paul Kawata, Executive Director, National Minority AIDS Council
Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, Director, National Center on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Tuberculosis Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Laura Cheever, MD, MS, Associate Administrator, HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)
Stephen Cha, MD, MHSR, Chief Medical Officer, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Grant Colfax, MD, Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy
Michael Duffy, RN, BSN, Regional Administrator-Region VI, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)