Policy Approaches to Healthcare Affordability-Is Now the Time to (Finally) Make Progress?



Feb. 12, 2020
8:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET (breakfast and networking at 8:00, event from 9:00-11:00)


National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.


For years, polling data has shown that healthcare affordability is the number one issue that Americans, on both sides of the political aisle, want elected officials to address. Until recently, however, state policymakers lacked a clearly defined menu of policy options to inform legislative change. Efforts to make healthcare “affordable” are further complicated by a lack of agreement about how healthcare affordability should be measured. But that is starting to change. 

Join us for two lively panels (with plenty of opportunity for audience interaction) discussing policy recommendations to make healthcare more affordable and current state efforts to craft a “healthcare affordability standard” to measure progress. 


Welcome / Introductory Remarks:

Andrea Ducas – Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Joanne Kenen – Politico

Panel 1: State and Federal Affordability Policies:

Panel 2: Affordability Standards to Measure Success

  • Liz Hagan – Senior Policy Manager, US of Care
  • Vicki Veltri – Executive Director, Connecticut Office of Health Strategy
  • Janet Weiner – Co-Director for Health Policy, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

At the event’s conclusion, we will ask you, the audience, if meaningful healthcare affordability policies will (finally!) occupy a permanent place in health reform discussions. 

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