The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the subject of much attention since it was enacted in 2010. While some question the government’s role in health care provision and the costs associated with the ACA, there have been clear gains associated with the act. More people have access to health care, the number of uninsured is down, and uncompensated care for healthcare providers has been reduced.

To improve the understanding of how the ACA has affected different groups, we have assembled a panel of individuals with varying perspectives for a discussion of the act. The conversational format will have the panel take questions from the moderator and the audience to share perspectives and ideas.

Lunch will be served.

Laura Appel, senior vice president and chief innovation officer at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA). In her current role, she focuses on healthcare policy, hospital finance, legislation, and governance. At the federal level, she represents the interests of Michigan hospitals and health systems in both the legislative and regulatory arenas on key issues, including federal healthcare reform and Medicare.

Colin Ford, Senior Director of State and Federal Government Relations with the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS). Colin’s responsibilities include state and federal legislation, state and federal political issues, Medicaid regulations, licenser issues, and public health issues.

Tim Michling, Research Associate for Health Policy for the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. Tim joined the Citizens Research Council in 2016 after working for seven years as a legislative aide in the Michigan House of Representatives, as well as lecturing at Oakland University and the University of Michigan – Flint.

Dominick Pallone, Executive Director for the Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP). Prior to joining MAHP, Dominick was a Partner at Midwest Strategy Group, a multi-client lobby firm, where he specialized in health care, state appropriations, Medicaid, higher education, transportation, and state procurement. He has also served as staff within the state House and Senate, most notably as Committee Clerk for the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee.

A fifth member of the panel will represent employer experiences under the ACA.

When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017,
11:30 – 1:30

Where: Michigan Chamber of Commerce
600 S Walnut Street
Lansing, MI 48933

Hosts: Citizens Research Council of Michigan
Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS)
Michigan Chamber Foundation

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