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The O’Neill Summer Program on US Health Reform – The Affordable Care Act will convene leading practitioners, policymakers, advocates, and academics in US healthcare reform for a series of interactive lectures, panel discussions, and case studies. Invited speakers include current and former officials from HHS as well as former US Congressional staff involved in the adoption and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.


Timothy Westmoreland, J.D., holds a joint appointment at Georgetown University (2001-present), as a professor from practice, teaching about legislation and statutory interpretation, health law, and budget policy. He is also a Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute. He has been the recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, the Commonwealth Fund’s Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy, and other awards for his work on public health and policy. Prior to his appointment at Georgetown, Westmoreland was the Director of the Medicaid program at the Health Care Finance Administration (now CMS). Preceding that he spent 15 years as staff counsel to the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the U.S. House.

Sabrina Corlette, J.D., is a Research Professor and Project Director at the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. There she directs research on health insurance reform issues as they affect consumers and patients. Her areas of focus include regulation of private health insurance plans and markets and implementation of new insurance market rules under health care reform. Prior to joining the Institute faculty, Ms. Corlette was Director of Health Policy Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she provided policy expertise and strategic direction for the organization’s advocacy on health care reform, with a particular focus on insurance market reform, benefit design, and the quality and affordability of health care.

Kevin Lucia, J.D., M.H.P., is a Research Professor and Project Director at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. As part of a specialized research team, he conducts extensive legal analysis on how states and the federal government regulate private health insurance with a focus on access, affordability and adequacy of coverage. Mr. Lucia’s research includes analysis of state and federal laws, pending legislation, and current market practices related to private health insurance. His current research agenda is focused entirely on federal and state implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Selected Confirmed speakers

Henry Aaron
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies; The Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Chair, Brookings Institution

Joan Alker
Co-Executive Director, Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy

Philip Barlow
Associate Commissioner, DC Department of Insurance

Linda Blumberg
Senior Fellow, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute

Sheila Burke
Chair, Government Relations & Federal Public Policy Group, Donelson, Caldwell & Berkowitz

Madhu Chugh
Senior Associate, WilmerHale
Scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Brian Cohen
Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Staff Director and Senior Policy Adviser, Democratic Staff, Committee on Energy and Commerce

Jeffrey Crowley
Distinguished Scholar/Program Director National HIV/AIDS Initiative, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Debra Curtis
Senior Deputy Director for Policy and Exchange Programs, DC Health Benefit Exchange

David Cusano
Senior Research Fellow, Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University

Sarah Dash
Research Fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy

Jack Ebeler
Principal, Health Policy Alternatives

Judy Feder
Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Justin Giovannelli
Research Fellow, Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University

Amy Hall
Minority Staff, House Energy & Commerce Committee

Sean Hayes
Deputy Chief Counsel for Oversight and Investigations, House Energy and Commerce Committee

John Holahan
Institute Fellow, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute

Robert Imes
Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Tim Jost
Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University

Ruth Katz
Director, Health, Biomedical Science, and Society Initiative, Aspen Institute

Katie Keith
Director of Research, Trimpa Group

Leighton Ku
Professor, Department of Health Policy; Director, Center for Health Policy Research, George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health

Elena Lynett
US Department of Labor

Cindy Mann
CMS Deputy Administrator/Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS)

Jocelyn Moore
Deputy Staff Director, United States Senate Committee on Finance

MaryBeth Musumeci
Associate Director, Kaiser Family Foundation

Dania Palanker
Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center

Karen Pollitz
Senior Fellow, Health Reform and Private Insurance, Kaiser Family Foundation

Julie Rovner
Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Andy Schneider
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Hillary Schneller
Fellow, National Women’s Law Center

William Schultz
General Counsel, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Sonya Schwartz
Research Fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy

Laura Skopec
Senior Policy Analyst, American Cancer Society

Judy Solomon
Vice President for Health Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Brian Webb
Manager of Health Policy and Legislation, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)

Rodney Whitlock
Health Policy Director, Senator Grassley

Mara Youdelman
Managing Attorney, National Health Law Program