Networking Dinner
February 6, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Registration opens at 5:30
Statewide Conference
February 7, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Sacramento Convention Center
3rd Floor Ballroom

1400 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814


Email: conference@itup.org
Call: 310-828-0338

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Hotel Reservations

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Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be made after Febuary 6, 2017. Cancellation notifications and refund requests may be emailed to conference@itup.org.

Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP)
21st Annual Conference

Sacramento Convention Center

Networking Dinner –
February 6, 2017
Statewide Conference
– February 7, 2017

Thank you to all the attendees, speakers, and staff who made the 21st Insure the Uninsured conference such a successful event! Great speakers informed, inspired, and challenged attendees to evaluate diverse perspectives. The conference app was a hit with more than 45% percent take-up! Session materials are posted on the app, and conference highlights will soon follow. Stay tuned!

If you weren’t able to complete the evaluation forms onsite, please send feedback to conference@itup.org.

Download the conference agenda here.

Agenda at a Glance

Monday, February 6, 2017
Dinner Registration
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Networking Dinner & Keynote Speaker
Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

  • Senator Ed Hernandez, OD, Chair, California State Senate Health Committee
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Registration & Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by Faneuil, Inc.
7:30 – 8:15 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction
8:15 – 8:30 a.m.

  • Howard A. Kahn, Chair of the Board, Insure the Uninsured Project; and
  • Deborah Reidy Kelch, Executive Director, Insure the Uninsured Project

Legislative Welcome
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

  • Assemblymember Jim Wood, DDS, Chair, California State Assembly Health Committee

Opening Keynote Session
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

The Federal Challenge: ACA Repeal and Replace

  • Lanhee Chen, PhD, David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer, Public Policy Program, Stanford University;
  • Jeanne Lambrew, PhD, Senior Fellow, Century Foundation and Adjunct Professor, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service;
  • Larry Levitt, MPP, Senior Vice President, Special Initiatives, Kaiser Family Foundation; and
  • Moderator: Deborah Kelch, Executive Director, Insure the Uninsured Project

General Session
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Future of California’s Coverage Expansion: What’s at Stake?

  • Mitch Katz, MD, Director, Los Angeles County Health Agency;
  • Jennifer Kent, Director, California Department of Health Care Services;
  • Peter V. Lee, Executive Director, Covered California; and
  • Moderator: Burt Margolin, President, The Margolin Group

Improvements in the Health of Californians under the ACA: What’s at Risk?

  • Ninez Ponce, PhD, MPP, Professor, UCLA School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management and Principal Investigator, California Health Interview Survey

Round Table Discussions

Networking Buffet Lunch
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

The Future of California’s Private Insurance Market

  • Charles Bacchi, President and CEO, California Association of Health Plans;
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Imholz, Special Projects Director, Consumers Union;
  • Michael Lujan, Immediate Past President and Board Member, California Association of Health Underwriters;
  • Shelley Rouillard, Director, California Department of Managed Health Care; and
  • Moderator: Marian Mulkey, Consultant and ITUP Board Member

The Future of California’s Health Safety Net

  • John Baackes, President and CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan;
  • Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President and CEO, California Primary Care Association;
  • Sandra Naylor-Goodwin, PhD, President and CEO, California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions;
  • Erica Murray, President and CEO, California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems; and
  • Moderator: Jon Freedman, Managing Principal, Health Management Associates

The Future of California Innovations, Waivers, and Best Practices

  • Colleen Chawla, Deputy Director of Health, Director of Policy and Planning, San Francisco Department of Public Health; 
  • Don Crane, President and CEO, CAPG;
  • Russell Judd, Chief Executive Officer, Kern Medical;
  • Margaret Kisliuk, Northern Region Executive Director, Partnership HealthPlan;
  • Jim Mangia, President and CEO, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center; and
  • Moderator: Laura Hogan, Consultant and ITUP Board Treasurer

The Future of Special Programs and Populations

  • Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center;
  • Ted Lempert, President, Children Now;
  • Marty Lynch, PhD, Executive Director and CEO, Lifelong Medical Care;
  • Julie Rabinovitz, President and CEO, Essential Access Health; and
  • Moderator: David Panush, President, California Health Policy Strategies

Closing Session
2:45 – 5:30 p.m.

State and Federal Advocacy Update

  • Mayra Alvarez, President and CEO, The Children’s Partnership;
  • John Arensmeyer, CEO, Small Business Majority;
  • Sarah de Guia, Executive Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network;
  • Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access California; and
  • Moderator: Burt Margolin, President, The Margolin Group

Investing in California’s Health in Uncertain Times: A Conversation with California Foundation Leaders

  • Judy Belk, President and CEO, The California Wellness Foundation;
  • Sandra Hernandez, MD, President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation;
  • Peter Long, PhD, President and CEO, Blue Shield of California Foundation;
  • Robert K. Ross, MD, President and CEO, The California Endowment; and
  • Moderator: Diana Dooley, Secretary, California Health and Human Services Agency

Wrap Up & Closing

  • Deborah Reidy Kelch, Executive Director, Insure the Uninsured Project; and
  • Burt Margolin, President, The Margolin Group