ABA hosts discussion on effects of election, pandemic

Government officials and health law experts will address a variety of emerging health industry topics during the American Bar Association Washington Health Law Summit scheduled Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 7-9.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the event will be held virtually.

John Simpkins, president and CEO of MDC, a nonprofit based in Durham, N.C. that works to improve economic mobility and advance equity, will deliver the keynote address at 10 a.m. Dec. 9.

He was scheduled to speak on the causes of racial inequities in health care and the efforts made to address and alleviate these disparities.

Simpkins also will discuss the role that nonprofits, government, business and grassroots organizers play in addressing deeply rooted racial, economic and health care challenges through research, consensus-building and effective programming.

Program highlights include:

• “What Comes Next: Evaluating the Aftermath of Election 2020” — A panel will examine the federal legislative and policy outlook following the 2020 election and analyze its anticipated impact on the future of health care in the U.S.

Monday, 10-11 a.m. CT
• “Inside the Halls of Congress” — Experts will examine the health care legislative priorities on Capitol Hill following a presidential election year. Congressional staffers will provide insight into the priorities of both political parties and what they hope to achieve at a critical time in health care policy.

Monday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. CT
• “The Revolving Door: Ethical Principles in Entering or Leaving Government” — This session will examine the ethical challenge that arises when one is defending a client against his former client – the United States of America.

Tuesday, 10-11 a.m. CT
• “The Effect of the Pandemic on Medicaid, Public Health Funding and the Healthcare Safety Net” — A panel that includes Mia Keeys, director of health equity policy and advocacy at the American Medical Association, will provide an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on the public health system and safety net providers and discuss the policy implications going forward, including the future and financing of Medicaid.

Tuesday, 1:15-2:15 p.m. CT
• “Elections, the Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act” — The U.S. Supreme Court set oral arguments in Texas v. California for Nov. 10, right after the presidential election. A panel will review the pending case, and how it and the election results will affect future implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Tuesday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. CT
• “Provider Challenges Surrounding COVID-19 Relief Funding” — Experts will examine the federal financial relief opportunities made available to providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Wednesday, 12:10-12:55 p.m. CT
• “Maintaining Healthcare Delivery in the Midst of a Pandemic” — A panel of experts, including Matthew Edgar of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Baltimore and Tripti Kataria of the Chicago Medical Society, will provide perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 on health care delivery, ongoing compliance issues and the ability to move forward during the pandemic.

Wednesday, 3:25-4:25 p.m. CT
To register or for more information, visit americanbar.org.


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