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Thursday, March 30, 2017, 8:30 AM
Kaiser Family Foundation
1330 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

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2017 Program Summary
As of January, 2017. Guests subject to change.

The 2017 National Voices of Medicare and Senator Jay Rockefeller Lecture will be held at the kaiser Family Foundation Building in Washington, DC on March 30, 2017. We are excited to announce that Senator Sherrod Brown will give this year’s Senator Jay Rockefeller Lecture and Senator Rockefeller will be present to introduce him and join in a Q&A session after the Lecture. The Summit will also feature personal stories from beneficiaries and families interspersed throughout a day filled with valuable information, insights, and best practices from the following experts and national leaders:

What's Next for the Affordable Care Act, Medicare & Medicaid
Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association
Congress is considering measures that will significantly affect access to health care for tens of millions of people insured through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare, and Medicaid. ACA repeal, no matter what the replacement, as well as suggested changes to Medicare and Medicaid will significantly affect access to care through all these programs. This panel of experts will discuss current and likely plans and the impact of proposed changes to health care and the health care system. Time will be available for Q & A.

Moderator: Judith Stein, Founder/Executive Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy
Robert Berenson, Fellow, Urban Institute
Sean Cavanaugh, Former Deputy Administrator and Medicare Director, CMS
Cathy Hurwit, Chief of Staff, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Bruce Vladeck, Senior Advisor, Greater New York Hospital Association; Former Health Care Finance Administration Administrator (HCFA, now CMS) 

Trends in Living with Advanced Illness
Sponsored by Compassion & Choices
What are the options for individuals with advanced illness to take and maintain control of their health care choices?  How can we better support the direct care workers who individuals living with advanced illness rely on?  This panel will examine the current options, best practices and obstacles to improving care and expanding health care choice for individuals with advanced illness. What recent policy and legislative successes and challenges effect advance care planning?  What are the next steps?

Moderator: Brian Lindberg, Coordinator, Campaign to End Unwanted Medical Treatment
Amy Berman, Senior Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation
Kim Callinan, Chief Program Officer, Compassion & Choices
Leslie Frane, SEIU National Healthcare Director
Charles Sabatino, Director, ABA Commission on Law and Aging

Senator Jay Rockefeller Lecture

Remarks & introduction by former Senator Jay Rockefeller
Lecture presented by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Networking Lunch
Sponsored by SEIU

Elder Justice: Recognizing and Advocating Against Abuse and Neglect
Sponsored by AARP
As Elder Justice Advocate Philip Marshall notes, to be complacent about elder justice is to be complicit in elder abuse. This panel will discuss current efforts to promote elder justice and prevent elder abuse, including within the health care delivery system. Panelists will explore the over use of anti-psychotic drugs and inadequate staffing in nursing homes as a form of elder abuse, as well the growing lack of appropriate home health care that jeopardizes the health and well-being of homebound people. We will also discuss efforts to increase the role and capacity of heath care workers to identify and respond to signs of elder abuse. 

Moderator:  Kathy Holt, Associate Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy
Toby S. Edelman, Senior Policy Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy
Terry Fulmer, President, The John A. Hartford Foundation       
Sarah Lock, Senior Vice President for Policy, AARP
Phillip Marshall, Beyond Brooke, Elder Justice Activist (via video)

Alfred J. Chiplin, Jr, Social Justice & Advocacy Award
For decades, Alfred J. Chiplin, Jr. (Chip) has been a beloved and admired leader in the elder law, disability and health care rights communities.  To honor Chip’s long-term advocacy and commitment to civility and justice for all members of society, the Center for Medicare Advocacy has established an award in his honor.  The Alfred J. Chiplin, Jr., Social Justice & Advocacy Award, will be given annually to an individual who works to advance civility in society and social justice for all – as Chip has done for decades.

Presented to Ben Belton, Former Senior Advisor to the Acting Commissioner, Social Security Administration

Moving Forward: Jimmo, Observation Status, Coverage for Oral Health and Audiology Care, Therapy Caps, Due Process
Sponsored by The Santa Fe Group
Advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people is more important than ever. This panel will review a variety of advocacy efforts to enhance access to health care, services and rehabilitation. Panelists will highlight key advocacy activities. They will include an update of Jimmo v. Sebelius, which promised to open doors to necessary care for Medicare beneficiaries with long-term conditions. What is happening to fully implement Jimmo and what’s ahead for other issues vital to those who rely on Medicare? What is happening about the increasing use of Observation Status, can we advance coverage for oral health and audiology care in the current environment? Will therapy caps be repealed? Are Medicare notice and appeal rights being fairly implemented?  Hear about these and other important matters from this expert panel.

Moderator: David Lipschutz, Managing Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy
Michael Alfano, President, Santa Fe Group, and Professor, Dean and Executive Vice President Emeritus, New York University
Joe Baker, President, Medicare Rights Center
Alice Bers, Litigation Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy
Judith Stein, Founder/Executive Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy
Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare