INSURING A FUTURETHE ACA & AMERICAN HEALTH CARE REFORM
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2018
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI KANSAS CITY
Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Joseph R. Antos is the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute and adjunct associate professor of emergency medicine at the George Washington University. He is the Vice-Chair of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, where he is serving a third term as a commissioner. Previously, Antos was Assistant Director for Health and Human Resources at the Congressional Budget Office, and he held senior management positions in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. His work focuses on the economics of health policy, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, the uninsured, and the overall reform of the health care system. Antos earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester.
Vice President, Federal and State Health Policy, The Commonwealth Fund
Rachel Nuzum, M.P.H., is vice president for the Federal and State Health Policy initiative at The Commonwealth Fund, working closely with policymakers at the state and federal level. Ms. Nuzum is responsible for developing and implementing the Fund’s national policy strategy for improving health system performance, ensuring that the work of the Fund and its grantees informs the policy process in both the legislative and executive branches of state and federal government. Ms. Nuzum’s work also includes fostering public–private collaboration on health system performance improvement with state and federal stakeholders and organizations.
Ms. Nuzum has over 15 years of experience working in health policy at the federal, state, and local levels of government, as well as in the private sector. Before joining the Fund in January 2007, Ms. Nuzum was a legislative advisor for Senator Maria Cantwell (Wash.) on health, retirement and tax issues. Prior to joining Senator Cantwell’s office, she served as a David Winston Health Policy Fellow in Senator Jeff Bingaman’s (N.M.) office. In this role, Ms. Nuzum staffed the Senator on the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. Before arriving in Washington, D.C., she served former Governor Roy Romer of Colorado in the office of Boards and Commissions and worked as a health planner in west central Florida. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Colorado and an M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management from the University of South Florida. She is on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Nursing and Health Professions and is on the board of the Winston Health Policy Fellowship.
Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow and Chief Washington Correspondent, Kaiser Health News
Julie Rovner, the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow, is Chief Washington Correspondent. She joined KHN after 16 years as health policy correspondent for NPR, where she helped lead the network’s coverage of the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. A noted expert on health policy issues, Julie is the author of the critically praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z, now in its third edition. In 2005, she was awarded the National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress. Prior to NPR, Julie covered health policy for National Journal’s Congress Daily and for Congressional Quarterly, among other organizations.
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Kansas
David Slusky, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Economics and an Oswald Scholar at the University of Kansas, where he also co-directs the Health Policy Research Group and is a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Policy & Social Research. His research focuses on how changes in public policy and environmental exposure affect health outcomes, primarily for women and children. Recent publications show that women’s health clinic closures due to funding cuts reduce preventive care and that increases in maternal sunlight exposure reduce childhood asthma. His results have received substantial press coverage, including in the Economist, FiveThirtyEight, the Huffington Post, the New York Post, NPR, Slate, Vox, and the Washington Post. Dr. Slusky’s research has also been funded in part by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. He also teaches courses on micreconomic theory, labor economics, and health policy, and advises graduate students working on dissertations in industrial organization and the economics of education. Previously, Dr. Slusky was a management consultant in Oliver Wyman’s financial services practice in New York City. He holds a doctorate in economics from Princeton University, and an undergraduate degree in physics and international studies from Yale University.
Moderator: Brian Ellison
Brian Ellison is host of the KCUR political podcast Statehouse Blend Missouri and regular substitute host of Central Standard and Up to Date. He also contributes to KCUR news coverage, including reporting on Missouri politics, anchoring election night broadcasts and hosting various live events in the community. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Brian is also executive director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians.
Roving Reporter: Dan Margolies
Health Editor/Reporter, KCUR
Dan Margolies is an editor/reporter at KCUR, helping to oversee the station’s health, education, legal affairs, and general news coverage. He joined KCUR in April 2014.