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Sept. 16, 2013

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."

The conference will open Thursday with a special policy session focused on state approaches to obesity reduction and a session on civility in the legislature presented by the National Institute for Civil Discourse and the CSG National Leadership Center.

Session highlights include:
Learn more about CSG's 2013 National Conference here.

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Members of the press receive complimentary registration. CSG staff will be happy to work with journalists to secure interviews with speakers at the Economic Summit. Please contact Kelley Arnold at (859) 536-7087 or karnold@csg.org for more information.


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.