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SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute


Ninth Annual SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute
Access to Care: Who Pays for Health Care for the Uninsured and Underinsured? (May 18, 2007)

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This program will focus on the current American social, political, and economic problem of uncompensated health
care for individuals without any or with only inadequate thirdparty insurance coverage for their health care needs. Besides exploring the extent of, and reasons underlying, this multifaceted dilemma, the program will concentrate on the ramifications of uncompensated care for health care providers and potential public policy alternatives and
private initiatives aimed at changing the status quo.

Physicians will be able to more intelligently and effectively follow and contribute to public policy debates and private initiatives concerning the problem of uncompensated health care in the United States, as well as being able to care knowledgeably and sensitively for their uninsured and underinsured patients.

 

Sponsored by:

Southern Illinois Healthcare
Southern Illinois University
School of Law Center for Health Law and Policy
School of Medicine Department of Medical Humanities
Paul Simon Public Policy Institute
Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C

 

Program objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the extent of and factors contributing to the problem of uncompensated health care in the United States.

2. Analyze current public policy alternatives and private initiatives aimed at changing the status quo regarding uncompensated health care in the United States.

3. Discuss ways in which physicians, health care administrators, and public policy makers can work collaboratively on solutions to the problem of uncompensated health care.

4. Participate more effectively in organizational activities aimed at influencing public policy regarding the problem of uncompensated health care in the United States.

 

Speakers:

Christie Hager, J.D., M.P.H.
Office of the Speaker of the Massachusetts House

Christie Hager is Chief Health Counsel to Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Salvatore F. DiMasi. Previously, she served as Deputy Director of the Division of Public Health Practice at Harvard School of Public Health. She was Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum from 1999-2003 at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller Graduate School. She is appointed to the faculty in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and at Suffolk University Law School, where she teaches courses on health law and state health policy. Her work has appeared in such publications as the New England Journal of Medicine and the American Journal of Law and Medicine.

Timothy Jost, J.D.
Washington and Lee University School of Law

Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, J.D., holds the Robert L. Willett Family Professorship of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is a coauthor of a casebook, Health Law, used widely throughout the United States in teaching health law, and of a treatise and hornbook by the same name. He is also the author of Health Care Coverage Determinations: An International Comparative Study; Disentitlement? The Threats Facing our Public Health Care Programs and a Rights-Based Response, and Readings in Comparative Health Law and Bioethics. He has also written numerous articles and book chapters on health care regulation and comparative health law and policy, and has lectured on health law topics throughout the world. He is currently completing a book on
consumer-driven health care.

Lawrence Singer, J.D., M.H.S.A.

Professor Larry Singer is Director of the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, one of the nation’s most acclaimed health law programs, and also Director of the Center for Catholic Health Care and Sponsorship, a center which he founded in 1994. He is a nationally recognized expert on legal and strategic issues surrounding the organization of health care institutions, and speaks extensively on these issues. He has facilitated the sale, merger and acquisition of numerous health care facilities and systems, and has served a leadership role in creating some of the largest Catholic health care systems in the United States.

David Himmelstein, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Himmelstein is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and practices primary care internal medicine and serves as the Chief of the Division of Social and Community Medicine at Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA. He was a founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, and serves as the Co-Director of the Center for National Health Program Studies at The Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He has published, along with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, more than 70 scientific papers, three books, and many popular articles.

Luncheon Speakers Michael Murphy, Government Affairs Director, Unicare
Niva Lubin-Johnson, M.D, Chicago, IL

Our luncheon speakers will discuss their recently completed service as members
of the Illinois Adequate Health Care Task Force. The Task Force, which issued
its final report on January 26, 2007, was charged by Illinois Governor Rod
Blagojevich to develop a comprehensive health care access plan under the Health
Care Justice Act.

Schedule

Friday, May 18, 2007 SIU School of Law, Courtroom
9 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Peter C. Alexander, J.D., Dean and Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law
Thomas J. Firestone, M.D., President, Southern Illinois Healthcare
Morning Moderator: Marshall B. Kapp, J.D., M.P.H., Garwin Distinguished Professor of Law and Medicine, Professor of Medical Humanities, Co-Director, Center for Health Law and Policy, Southern Illinois University School of Law


9:15 a.m. Massachusetts Health Reform: A Model of Shared Responsibility
Christie Hager, Chief Health Counsel, Office of the Speaker of the Massachusetts House


10:15 a.m. Break and Refreshments


10:30 a.m. The Do-It-Yourself Solution: Consumer-Driven Health Care for the Uninsured
Timothy Jost, J.D., Robert L. Willett Family Professorship of Law, Washington and Lee University


11:30 a.m. Luncheon Speakers: Members of Illinois’ Adequate Healthcare Task Force
Niva Lubin-Johnson, M.D, Chicago, IL Update on the Healthcare Policy Debate in the Illinois General Assembly Michael Murphy, Government Affairs Director, Unicare
Afternoon Moderator: W. Eugene Basanta, J.D., LL.M. , Southern Illinois Healthcare Professor of Law, Professor of Medical Humanities, Co-Director, Center for Health Law and Policy, Southern Illinois University School of Law


1 p.m. Should Access to Care Rest on Charity Care: Federal and State Initiatives to Leverage Tax-Exempt Status Lawrence Singer, Professor, Loyola University of Chicago


2 p.m. Health Care Reform: A Medical Emergency David Himmelstein, Harvard Medical School


3 p.m. Evaluation and Adjournment