Breakfast Briefing: July 13, 2010 - Health Care Reform & Chronic Disease - What Now?

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- On Tuesday, July 13, 2010, leading political analyst Reid Wilson and health policy experts will discuss the implementation of the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the impact it could have on cost drivers in the health care system, the prevention and management of chronic disease, and the political landscape.



The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) will host a distinguished panel




Dr. Ken Thorpe, Executive Director, PFCD


Stan Dorn, J.D., Senior Fellow, Urban Institute


Reid Wilson, Editor, Hotline On Call


Jenelle S. Krishnamoorthy, Ph.D., Health Policy Director, US Senate
Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions


Michelle McMurry-Heath, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director of the Health,
Biomedical Science and Society Initiative, Aspen Institute



PFCD is hosting a breakfast briefing to discuss how the PPACA health care reform
bill will impact chronic disease care, management, prevention in the coming
years and the current political landscape. Areas of examination will include:


How will deficit reduction efforts and rising health care cost estimates
impact implementation?


Does PPACA adequately address the true cost drivers in the health care
system? What more needs to be done?


Is better health the “silver bullet” for lowering health care costs? Can
prevention be viewed as a cost-saver in the post health reform era?


Will the care coordination, chronic disease prevention and management
components of the law build the case for increasing such efforts?



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

8:00 – 9:30 AM



Charlie Palmer's Steakhouse

101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national coalition of leading patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease.

For more information about PFCD and its partner organizations, please visit:


Ken Thorpe, Ph.D., Executive Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., is a Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Thorpe was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 1995. In this capacity, he coordinated all financial estimates and program impacts of President Clinton’s health care reform proposals for the White House. He also directed the administration’s estimation efforts in dealing with Congressional health care reform proposals during the 103rd and 104th sessions of Congress.

Michelle McMurry-Heath, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director, Health, Biomedical Science and Society Initiative, The Aspen Institute
Michelle McMurry-Heath is a physician, scientist, health policy expert, and advocate for better global health and improved healthcare for all Americans. She is the founding director of the Health, Biomedical Science, and Society Policy Program of the Aspen Institute, a non-partisan think tank. In that capacity she leads a policy team as they illuminate the barriers to better nutrition, personalized medicine, HIV treatment around the globe, and reform of the American medical system. She oversaw health and social policy issues for Senator Joseph Lieberman and was the senior health policy advisor for the Lieberman for President Campaign.

Reid Wilson, Editor, Hotline On Call
Reid Wilson is the editor of Hotline On Call, one of the leading political blogs in Washington, D.C. He previously served as a staff writer at The Hill newspaper, the largest-circulating of any Capitol Hill newspaper, where he covered Congress, politics, campaigns and elections. Reid spent the 2008 election cycle authoring a popular political blog at, where he covered the presidential caucuses in Iowa, the primaries in New Hampshire and several debates around the nation. Wilson has also written for The New Republic, the Arizona Capitol Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and National Journal. He has appeared as a guest analyst on dozens of radio shows across the nation and on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and C-SPAN.

Stan Dorn, J.D., Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
Stan Dorn is one of the country’s leading experts on national health reform, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the uninsured. Before Urban, Mr. Dorn was Senior Policy Analyst at the Economic and Social Research Institute; Director of the Health Consumer Alliance, a consortium of legal services groups that help low-income Californians obtain health care; Health Division Director at the Children’s Defense Fund, where he led the organization’s health policy team in a national campaign that helped enact CHIP and preserve Medicaid’s guarantee of necessary care for children; and Managing Attorney of the National Health Law Program’s Washington office.

Jenelle S. Krishnamoorthy, Ph.D., Health Policy Director, Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Jenelle Krishnamoorthy is Health Policy Director of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for Chairman Tom Harkin and is trained as a licensed clinical psychologist. She joined Senator Harkin’s office in 2003 as an AAAS Congressional Fellow. Previously, at Brown Medical School, Dr. Krishnamoorthy was part of The Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine and the Department of Child and Family Psychiatry where she published in the areas of childhood obesity and tobacco issues and clinically worked with kids and families that had chronic illnesses.


Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD)
Erin Thurston, 202-429-4390

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