Sebelius to Discuss State-Federal Health Care Relationship
at CSG National Conference
LEXINGTON, Ky.--U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will discuss the evolving state-federal health care relationship during a Sept. 21 keynote address at The Council of State Governments 2013 National Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, has played a central role in the development and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act since it was passed in 2010. Implementation of the law continues, and the health care exchanges are set to start enrolling members Oct. 1.
"I served with Secretary Sebelius in the Kansas legislature and worked with her during her tenure as insurance commissioner and governor," said David Adkins, CSG's executive director/CEO. "She understands state government and she has shown in her role with the federal government a strong commitment to providing the states with the flexibility to craft innovative solutions."
David McCullough, author of such histories as 1776, John Adams and Truman, and Nate Silver, who gained national attention during the 2008 presidential primaries and runs the FiveThirtyEight.com political website, also will give keynote addresses during the conference.
In addition to the keynote addresses, the CSG National Conference will feature sessions covering some of the most important issues facing state leaders today. More than 500 state policymakers, stakeholders and guests will attend the conference, to be held at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center Sept. 19-22.
"CSG returns to America's heartland to celebrate our 80th year of bringing state leaders together," Adkins said. "The states continue to face challenges. We have designed a program to help empower today's leaders to address those challenges."
Economic Prosperity After the Recession: A panel of state legislators, executive branch officials and economic development practitioners will discuss a new CSG publication on the use of tax and financial incentives by states.
Focus on Federalism: CSG's Federalism Task Force will hold a hearing in its two-year effort to explore options for improving state-fedearl relationship. This session will include three panels exploring the history and evolution of federalism in the U.S.; the impact of federal actions and legislation on states today; and options for influencing the state-federal relationship.
Results First--Cost-Benefit Approaches To State Policymaking: This session, presented by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will focus on how Results First, an initiative of Pew and the MacArthur Foundation, works with states to implement an innovative cost-benefit analysis approach to help policymakers invest in policies and programs that work.
Pushing the Envelope through Health Innovation: This session, presented by the CSG Health Public Policy Committee, will look at how innovation is changing the face of medicine. It will be held at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.
Education Reform and Transformation: Fact or Fiction?: This session, presented by the CSG Education Public Policy Committee, will address investments in qualified personnel, effective programs, increased expectations and strategies to build job competencies and support economic development.
Policies to Achieve Safer Schools: This session, sponsored by the CSG Health and Education public policy committees, will explore mental health issues such as screening, early diagnosis and treatment, and violence prevention in schools.
Learn more about CSG's 2013 National Conference here.
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The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.