The Return of the Public Option and Its Implications for Healthcare’s Future Webinar

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This on-demand webinar is 90-minutes long and features a panel of experts discusses the future of the public option in the U.S. healthcare system. Faculty includes John Baackes, CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan, Liz Hagan, Director of Policy Solutions, United States of Care, and Richard M. Scheffler, Professor of Health Economics, UC Berkeley. (Please see full bios below)

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    Although a public option health plan was stricken from the Affordable Care Act shortly before it was enacted in 2010, the idea never went away. Both Washington State and Colorado offer public option health plans on their ACA-compliant exchanges. A dozen more states – including healthcare influencers such as Minnesota and Nevada – either plan to offer public option plans on their exchanges, or are closely studying the situation.

    Although the public option plans are different as originally conceived for the ACA, they still follow the same principal of a health plan with premiums and benefits closely regulated by the state government, with the intent of offering premiums lower than those offered by commercial payers.

    Washington and Colorado’s experiences with the public option have had their share of teething pains, but regulators in both states are determined to offer such coverage for the foreseeable future. And with many other states potentially offering public option plans soon, this concept could not only be reborn and rejuvenated, but exert tremendous influence on healthcare delivery and payment in the future.

    Learning Objectives

    • A brief history of the public option and why it has made a comeback
    • What the public option looks like in Colorado and Washington State and what has been accomplished to date
    • Issues with the new public option plans
    • Which states are considering public option plans and their motivations
    • The benefit and premium structure of public option plans
    • How commercial payers are responding to – and participating in – public option coverage
    • How hospitals, medical groups and other providers are responding to public option plans
    • The structure and offerings of future public option plans

    Potential Audience

    • Health Plan Executives
    • Hospital Executives
    • Physicians and Physician Executives
    • Healthcare Marketing Executives
    • Public Policy Leaders
    • Healthcare System Executives
    • Patient and Consumer Advocates


    John Baackes
    CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan

    John BaackesJohn Baackes is Chief Executive Officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation's largest publicly-operated health plan. It offers both Medicaid and commercial coverage to the 10 million residents of Los Angeles County.

    Mr. Baackes works collaboratively with the Board of Governors to set the organization's strategic vision and ensure its successful implementation. He also oversees the day-to-day operations, while guiding L.A. Care through the ever-evolving healthcare landscape.

    Before joining L.A. Care, he served as President of Philadelphia-based AmeriHealth Caritas VIP Plans, where he oversaw the Medicare Advantage business unit. Prior to that position, Mr. Baackes was CEO of Senior Whole Health in Cambridge, MA, a voluntary healthcare plan for more than 10,000 low-income seniors in Massachusetts and New York.

    He currently serves on the boards of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), California Association of Health Plans (CAHP), Local Health Plans of California (LHPC), Project Angel Food, Urban Voices Project, and Charles Drew University.

    Liz Hagan
    Director of Policy Solutions, United States of Care

    Liz Hagan

    Liz Hagan is the Director of Policy Solutions at U.S. of Care, where she focuses on state and federal policies to improve and expand health coverage. In this position, she works with a range of national and state stakeholders to identify, disseminate, and scale up promising approaches to healthcare.

    Before joining U.S. of Care, Liz was a senior consultant with Transform Health, where she focused on federal policy and implementation of Sacramento’s Whole Person Care pilot program.

    Prior to her role at Transform Health, Liz was the associate director of coverage initiatives at Families USA and a Policy Analyst with Enroll America, where she primarily worked on eligibility and enrollment policies for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Health Insurance Marketplaces as well as coverage for the justice-involved population.

    Richard M. Scheffler
    Professor of Health Economics, UC Berkeley

    Richard M. Scheffler is a Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy at the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds the Chair in Healthcare Markets & Consumer Welfare endowed by the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California.

    Professor Scheffler also served the director of the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare.

    He has been a Rockefeller and a Fulbright Scholar, and served as the President of the International Health Economists Association 4th Congress in 2004. Professor Scheffler has published over 200 papers and edited and written 12 books.

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    In addition to the main presentation, this webinar will include a moderated audience Q&A. Within one business day of your registration, you'll receive login information. You will receive a reminder email 1 day and 1 hour before the live event.

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