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California Policy Forum Webinar: Update on the Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
This program is a webinar.
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As the March 31st deadline for open enrollment quickly approaches, how can we accurately assess the implementation of the ACA to date? We all know the issues. Challenges at the national level slowed implementation of the health insurance marketplace, while California’s website launched relatively smoothly. There has been widespread confusion regarding various provisions and their impact on uninsured, under-insured, elderly, low-income, and modest-income individuals. 

Participants will hear about California’s experience regarding enrollment, particularly the challenges in engaging young males and the Latino population, and in building awareness of ACA provisions. We will explore how the nonprofit and philanthropic communities can support these critical efforts to provide affordable care to everyone who needs it. 

Richard Thomason, Director of the Health Care and Coverage Program at the Blue Shield of California Foundation, will moderate a discussion with leading health reform experts in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors on how the sector can support implementation:

  • Richard Figueroa, Director of Prevention and the Affordable Care Act, The California Endowment
  • Cynthia Cox, Policy Analyst for the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Kathy Ko Chin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Join us for this special statewide webinar to get insights into the status of implementation nationally, statewide and in our local communities. 

The California Policy Forum webinar series is presented in partnership with CalNonprofits and California Philanthropy (a Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers collaboration).

Speaker Biographies:

Richard Figueroa
Director of Prevention and the Affordable Care Act, The California Endowment

Richard Figueroa is Director of Prevention and the Affordable Care Act for The California Endowment. In the California Governor's Office, he was a Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Health Care Advisor for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Deputy Legislative Secretary for Governor Davis, where he was responsible for health care, human services and health insurance issues.

Mr. Figueroa has also served as the Legislative Director for California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, a Principal Consultant to the Senate Committee on Insurance, Senior Consultant to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, and a Legislative Budget Analyst in the Office of the Legislative Analyst. He has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California at Davis and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Cynthia Cox
Policy Analyst for the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Cynthia Cox is a Policy Analyst with the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance at The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. In this role she conducts economic and policy research on the Affordable Care Act and its effects on private insurers and enrollees. Her recent projects include redesigning the Foundation’s Subsidy Calculator and studying the rollout of health insurance exchanges.

Outside of her work at the Foundation, Cox currently serves as Board Chair of the Berkeley Free Clinic, where she has volunteered for over a decade. Prior to joining the Kaiser Family Foundation, she held research and advocacy positions at Columbia University Medical Center, the Harm Reduction Coalition, and the American Cancer Society. Cox holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University.

Kathy Ko Chin
President and Chief Executive Officer, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Kathy Ko Chin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF). This national health justice organization influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Ko Chin has worked in senior management positions in community-based and philanthropic organizations throughout her 30 year career. Recently, she served as Program Director for the Community Clinics Initiative (CCI), a joint project of Tides and The California Endowment, supporting the infrastructure development of community clinics and health centers in California through grantmaking, learning and knowledge sharing, and data and research. The $130 million, 10 year program, has funded over 90 percent of all the community clinics and their associations across California. Ko Chin is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as of Stanford University.

Richard Thomason
Director of the Health Care and Coverage Program, Blue Shield of California Foundation

Richard Thomason serves as Director of the Health Care and Coverage program at Blue Shield of California Foundation, where he leads the Foundation’s efforts to improve access to care and strengthen the health care safety net through grantmaking, program activities, and technical assistance. Joining the Foundation in 2009 as a Program Officer, he has managed the Foundation’s grantmaking and program work related to health reform, coverage expansion, and strengthening safety net healthcare systems. Prior to that, Thomason was the Policy Director for SEIU - United Healthcare Workers West, where he was deeply involved in the full range of health care reform and health care system issues facing SEIU and its membership. He also spent eight years as professional staff to the California Assembly in roles related to health and fiscal policy. Thomason has a Master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelor’s degree from Reed College.

Who May Attend:
Current SCG, NCG, SDG and CalNonprofits members.

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