The Health of America: Health Care Policy, the ACA and the Opioid Crisis

The Health of America: Health Care Policy, the ACA and the Opioid Crisis

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Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Session One from 6 – 7:15 p.m.; Session Two from 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

Edwards Interfaith Chapel | Edwards

Health policies range from complex national programs debated by our elected officials like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 to everyday practices we take for granted such as “employees must wash their hands.”

Everyone has a stake in health policy:  individuals, employers, doctors, hospitals, insurers, legislators. A policy can save lives, just as a gap in policy can leave the window open for a crisis. This two-session program, in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation, will explore distinct policy issues in American health care: the past and future of federal and state reform (including the ACA) and using policy to fight the opioid crisis in America.

Session 1: Federal and State Health Policy – What Are We Doing?
with Dr. John Ayanian, Dr. Mark Fendrick and Dr. Christopher Friese
The Affordable Care Act had a significant effect on the United States both for individuals and communities. The struggle to adjust the ACA, or to do away with it entirely, continues to this day. It is just one example, albeit a massive one, of how federal and state policies can touch individual lives. Where do we go from here?

Session 2: Fighting the Opioid Crisis
with Dr. Chad Brummett and Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, moderated by Dr. John Ayanian
The opioid crisis is, in many ways, a crisis that came from within health care systems across the United States. Thousands of Americans are dying every year from opioid misuse. It is one of the most urgent and tragic issues facing this country. How can policy help end this crisis? And, how can healthcare providers and researchers help today?

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