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Hot Issues in Health Care

December 22, 2016

The Colorado Health Institute’s 2016 Hot Issues in Health Care conference drew record attendance. The conference focused on the future of the Affordable Care Act and health reform under a Trump Administration. The conference featured three keynote speakers — Sarah Kliff, senior editor of; Dr. Patricia Gabow, former CEO of Denver Health, and currently a national leader in health delivery innovation; and Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne.

Below, CHI is providing the presentations given by the keynote speakers as well as those given by CHI staffers (including their notes) and community partners.

Keynote Speaker One: Sarah Kliff

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Keynote Speaker Two: Dr. Patricia Gabow


Keynote Speaker Three: Lt. Governor Donna Lynne


CHI Presentations:

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2015 Hot Issues In Health Care

The 2015 Hot Issues in Health Care conference took place on Monday, December 14, 2015. We were thrilled to see so many friends and colleagues. Presentation slides are available below. 

Conference Program 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, joined us from Washington, D.C.

Dr. Rivlin founded the Congressional Budget Office,  which provides nonpartisan budgetary and  economic information to support the federal budget  process, in 1975. She has also served as Vice Chair  of the Federal Reserve Board and Director of the  White House Office of Management and Budget.

She is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation  “genius grant,” among other awards. A frequent contributor to research, discussion and congressional testimony around health insurance in the U.S., Dr. Rivlin brought a valuable perspective to our discussion. We were honored to have her. 

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Other conference highlights:

- Panel featuring experienced Colorado lawmakers
- Breakout sessions with CHI's team of experts
- Breakfast, lunch and a cocktail reception
- Opportunities to connect with Colorado’s health leaders

We featured four standout panelists for our afternoon discussion on “Life After the Legislature.” All four former legislators have been deeply involved in health policy issues and continue to serve as influential leaders in their communities.

 Andrew Romanoff 

President and CEO, Mental Health America of Colorado, and former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives

Marcy Morrison 

Former Commissioner, Division of Insurance; former Mayor of Manitou Springs; and former Colorado House health committee Chair

Bernie Buescher 

Senior Policy Affiliate, Keystone Policy Center; former member of the Colorado House of Representatives; former Secretary of State; and former executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Amy Stephens 

Principal, Dentons, and former Colorado House Majority Leader 

2014 Hot Issues in Health Care 

Conference Program 

Day 1 CHI Presentations:

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  • Setting the Stage: Welcome and Opening Remarks 
  • Medicaid, Marketplace and More: How Coloradans Get Health Insurance
  • Putting the Health in Health Care: Is Colorado's Innovative Approach to Medicaid Working?
  • Putting the Brakes on Health Costs: What's Driving Them and How to Take the Wheel
  • Mind Your Ps and Qs: Levers to Reduce the Price and Quantity of Health Care
  • Winds of Change: Divided Government, the Return of Tabor and the 2015 Legislature 

Day 2 CHI Presentations: 

day two

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  • Colorado in Context: Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Sharing is Caring: Creating a Health Information System that Works
  • Working for Colorado's Health: Community Approaches and a Policy Review
  • The New Health Care Consumer: Engaging Customers in Decision-Making
  • We Second That Emotion: Integrating Mental and Physical Health Care 
  • Five Trends of the Senior Tsunami: Getting on the Same Wavelength 
  • Health Begins at Home: The Importance of Prevention and Population Health
Keynote Presentations from Sue Urahn and Cindy Gillespie.

A Message From Our CEO

2014 Keynote Speakers:

Susan K. Urahn is a nationally recognized expert on government and health care policy.
Executive Vice President, The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Learn more here.
Recent Publication: The Blurry Future of Health-Care Spending. Governing, 2014.

Stuart Butler is a leading conservative voice on health care policy.
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, formerly with The Heritage Foundation. 
Learn more here.
Recent Publication: States are the Key to Both Strengthening and Replacing the Affordable Care Act. The Brookings Institution, 2014. 

2014 Featured Speaker:

Cindy Gillespie is a veteran political advisor.
Senior Managing Director, McKenna Long & Aldridge. 
Learn more here.
Recent Publication: CMS Hopes to Change Payment for Dual Eligibles. Managed Healthcare Executive, 2012.

2012 Hot Issues in Health Care 

You can find a sampling of fact sheets from the 2012 Hot Issues in Health Care below. For agendas and minutes from 2012, click here

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