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General Session Breakfast: THe Evolving State-Federal Health Care Relationship

Keynote address by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Saturday, Sept. 21, 8-9:30 a.m.


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act vastly impacted every aspect of health care marketplaces in the United States. Since March 2010 when President Barack Obama signed the ACA into law, states, health insurers, hospitals, doctors, patients and employers have raised a variety of questions in an effort to understand what is expected and how it will affect them. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has played a central role in the development and implementation of the law. Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, will discuss the role of states in health care reform implementation and next steps they’ll need to take.

Keynote Speaker

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Saturday, Sept. 21, 8-9:30 a.m.

Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on April 28, 2009.  Since taking office, Secretary Sebelius has led ambitious efforts to improve America’s health and enhance the delivery of human services to some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations, including young children, those with disabilities, and the elderly.
As part of the historic Affordable Care Act, she is implementing reforms that have ended many of the insurance industry’s worst abuses and will help 34 million uninsured Americans get health coverage.  She is also working with doctors, nurses, hospital leaders, employers, and patients to slow the growth in health care costs through better care and better health.
Under Secretary Sebelius’s leadership, HHS is committed to innovation, from promoting public- private collaboration to bring life-saving medicines to market, to building a 21st century food safety system that prevents outbreaks before they occur, to collaborating with the Department of Education, to help states increase the quality of early childhood education programs, and give parents more information to make the best choices for their children.
Secretary Sebelius served as Governor of Kansas from 2003 until her Cabinet appointment in April, 2009, and was named one of America’s Top Five Governors by Time Magazine.