Health & Social Policies

Reconciliation and the ACA: Repealing and Replacing Through Process and Policy
Hosted by the Health & Social Policies Task Force

February 23, 2017

The timing could not be better for the Health and Social Policies Task Force’s event entitled, Reconciliation and the ACA: Repealing and Replacing Through Process and Policy on February 23.   WGR members heard from health policy experts on why the reconciliation process is being used to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how this process will limit efforts to repeal the ACA in full.  Speakers for the event included Andrew Adair, American Academy of Family Physicians; Christopher Condeluci, CC Law & Policy; John Greene, National Association of Health Underwriters; Stan Collender, QORVIS MSLGROU; and Amanda Walsh, America’s Essential Hospitals.  The panel fielded questions about the intricacies of the congressional budget reconciliation process, the timeline, and what provisions of the ACA could be expected to be repealed or preserved.


 

Health Agencies 101: Understanding How to Navigate CMS, the Innovation Center, and FDA
Hosted by the Health & Social Policies Task Force
October 20,2016

The Health and Social Policies Task Force held a well attended Health Agency 101 Event on Thursday October 20.  Speakers for the event included Martin Corry, former Special Assistant in the Office of the CMS Administrator and current Chair of the Government Relations and Public Policy Department at Hooper Lundy and Bookman, Mai Pham Acting Director of Innovation Center Policy and Programs Group, and Julie Finegan Regulatory Counsel in FDA’s Office of Scientific Integrity.  The event included a discussion about how best to advocate for your client’s needs in front of CMS, the Innovation Center, and the FDA.  The panel answered questions about MACRA, the prospective payment systems, and how best to present your concerns with the agencies.


 

FDA 101
Hosted by the Health & Social Policies Task Force
April 20, 2016

On Wednesday, April 20, the WGR Health & Social Policies Task Force held a brown bag lunch, FDA 101.  Barbara Binzak Blumenfeld, Ph.D., J.D., M.A., Tina Hu-Rodgers, J.D. and Liz Westbrook, J.D. at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC shared the ins and outs of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The three talented FDA lawyers and government relations professionals informed WGR members on "FDA Basics", "What an FDA Practice Does" and "FDA Hot Topics".  The over an hour-long session was extremely informative and included many great questions from the WGR members in attendance.

 


2016 Congressional Health Committees Legislative Conference
Hosted by the Health & Social Policies Task Force
March 30, 2016

On Wednesday, March 30, the WGR Health & Social Policies Task Force held their 2016 Congressional Health Committees Legislative Conference.  This year’s event was hosted by AARP and was as popular as ever.  Republican and Democratic staff from the House Ways & Means Committee, House Energy & Commerce Committee, Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee were there to update over 80 WGR Members and non-members on their agendas for this year and then answered questions from the audience.


Medicaid 101
Hosted by the State Relations & Health & Social Policies Task Forces
October 29, 2015

On Oct 29th, the WGR Health & Social Policies and State Relations Task Forces held a joint brown bag lunch event, Medicaid 101.  Robin Rudowitz, Associate Director, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Kaiser Family Foundation gave a dynamic overview of the Medicaid program.  WGR Members filled the room and asked great questions from the basics of the program to specific state-focused policy issues.  The hour-long event allowed attendees to engage and discuss the hot Medicaid topics of the day.


Surviving the Sequester: What Is It and How Does It Impact Health Programs?
Hosted by the Health & Social Policies Task Force
September 21, 2015

On September 21, the WGR Health and Social Policies Task Force held a panel discussion on the sequester and its impact on health programs.  David Reich from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Emily Holubowich from CRD Associates and Executive Director of the Coalition on Health Funding provided members with background on sequestration, analyzed its impact on health and other non-defense discretionary programs, and discussed how the sequester is impacting the FY 2016 appropriations process.  The session wrapped up with a lively question and answer session. 


CMS 101
Hosted by the Health & Social Policies Task Force
May 20, 2015

On Wednesday, May 20th, the WGR Health & Social Policies Task Force held a brown bag lunch, CMS 101.  Mr. Martin Corry, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC, shared his experience and expertise on the role and workings of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Addressing a small intimate group of WGR members, Mr. Corry broke down the structure and function of this very complex and often intimidating government agency, including the most recently formed departments created by the ACA.  The hour-long session was interspersed by lively question and answer discussions. One attendee said "I'd love to see a half day program on the topic we had today."