National Conference Call for State Health Care Justice Leaders
hosted by the
Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN)
June 7, 2016

Agenda

Introductory Remarks
Rachel DeGolia, Executive Director, UHCAN

insurance industry funding opposition to Colorado’s universal health care initiative
Ivan Miller, Executive Director, ColoradoCareYes Campaign

What’s wrong with the 21st Century Cures Bill?
Reshma Ramachandran, National Physicians Alliance FDA Task Force
Why we shouldn’t trade a weakened FDA for more medical research funds (Ed Silverman, Pharmalot, in STAT, 5/17/16)

Challenging the Big Health Insurance mergers

• National overview: David Balto, Coalition to Protect Patient Choice

• Connecticut: Tom Swan, Executive Director, Connecticut Citizen Action Group
Will Cigna and Anthem merge? How Health Insurance Companies Pump Money Into Politics (David Sirota, 6/1/16, International Business Times)

• Missouri: Sarah Gentry, Policy Director, Missouri Health Care for All
Missouri Throws First Big Wrench into Aetna-Humana Deal (Modern Healthcare, 5/25/16)

• Virginia: Brian Johns, Organizing Director, Virginia Organizing

Louisiana: Medicaid is expanding starting July 1!
Susan Todd, Executive Director, 504 HealthNet

Street Medics preparing for both political conventions this summer – Here’s what’s happening in Cleveland
• Leah Wolfe, Rust Belt Medics
• Gloria Tavera, MSTP candidate, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine,
Relax, Cleveland, Rust Belt Medics Are Coming to Town (MedPage Today, 5/24/16)

Announcement:
The People’s Summit , July 17-19, Chicago
Mark Dudzic, Labor Campaign for Single Payer