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The Affordable Care Act and its Implications for the Public's Health

Friday, September 21, 2012
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South
Room 914

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Zach Maggio

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The Affordable Care Act has been the subject of a great deal of scrutiny and controversy.  But what do we actually know about how the ACA will impact public health?  Join us as our expert panelists give an update on the legal status of the ACA and the controversy over individual mandates, discuss the components of the ACA related to prevention and public health, and examine opportunities in the ACA to improve population health.  Bring your questions and expect a lively and informative discussion.

Moderated by John Billings, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Featuring panelists:

Valerie Arkoosh, MD, MPH
President of National Physicians Alliance

Burt Neuborne, LL.B.
Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties
Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice
NYU School of Law

Ruth Finkelstein, ScD
Senior Vice President for Policy and Planning
The New York Academy of Medicine

Panelist biographies:

Dr. Valerie Arkoosh is the President of the National Physicians Alliance, a multispecialty physician organization founded to promote health and foster active engagement of physicians with their communities to achieve high quality, affordable health care for all.  Dr. Arkoosh holds the Master of Public Health degree, with a concentration in Health Policy, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Her policy work focuses on ways to provide access to health care for uninsured Americans with a particular emphasis on the impact and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Dr. Arkoosh received the Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University. She is also Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where her medical practice has centered on the care of the high-risk obstetric patient during labor and delivery.  Her research has focused on drugs and devices using the spinal route of administration to produce labor analgesia.

Professor Burt Neuborne
is the Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties and founding Legal Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School. For 45 years, he has been one of the nation's foremost civil liberties lawyers, serving as National Legal Director of the ACLU from 1981-86, Special Counsel to the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund from 1990-1996, and as a member of the New York City Human Rights Commission from 1988-1992. He has argued numerous Supreme Court cases, and has litigated literally hundreds of important constitutional cases in the state and federal courts. He challenged the constitutionality of the Vietnam War, pioneered the flag burning cases, worked on the Pentagon Papers case, worked with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she headed the ACLU Women's Rights Project, anchored the ACLU's legal program during the Reagan years, and defended the Legal Services program against unconstitutional attacks. He currently directs the legal program of the Brennan Center, especially its efforts to reinforce American democracy and secure campaign finance reform. The Brennan Center was established in 1994 to honor Justice William Brennan, Jr.’s monumental contribution to American Law.

Ruth Finkelstein, ScD is the Senior Vice President for Policy and Planning at The New York Academy of Medicine, where she directs policy initiatives to promote healthy aging, to improve population health by preventing disease, and to reduce health disparities. Dr. Finkelstein has over thirty years experience in health policy, planning and research, largely focused on improving health for vulnerable populations. She led successful efforts to adopt community rating and other insurance reforms in New York State.  One of the architects of the original Ryan White CARE Act, Dr. Finkelstein has authored policy studies that have influenced changes during each reauthorization cycle. She currently directs the Age-friendly New York City initiative (a joint project with the Mayor’s Office and the City Council) and is the Director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre on Aging, Globalization and Urbanization.  Dr. Finkelstein holds a doctorate in health policy from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

About the moderator:

John Billings is the director of Wagner's Health Policy and Management Program. He is principal investigator on numerous projects to assess the performance of the safety net for vulnerable populations and to understand the nature and extent of barriers to optimal health for vulnerable populations. Much of his work has involved analysis of patterns of hospital admission and emergency room visits as a mechanism to evaluate access barriers to outpatient care and to assess the performance of the ambulatory care delivery system. He has also examined the characteristics of high cost Medicaid patients in to help in designing interventions to improve care and outcomes for these patients. Parallel work in the United Kingdom has involved creating an algorithm for the National Health Service to identify patients at risk of future hospital admissions and designing interventions to improve care for these high risk patients.  As a founding member of the Foundation for Informed Decision Making, Professor Billings is helping to provide patients with a clearer mechanism for understanding and making informed decisions about a variety of available treatments. Professor Billings received his J.D. from the University of California (Berkeley).