Third Annual Jim Jontz Lecture | Health Care: The State Perspective

The Third Annual Jim Jontz Lecture

Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 13, 2011

12 noon – 1:30 pm

1540 Long­worth House Office Building

Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

The Panel


Wel­com­ing Remarks:   Cheryl C. Kagan, ADA Edu­ca­tion Fund Exec­u­tive Director


Mod­er­ated by:   Michael J. Wil­son, ADA Edu­ca­tion Fund Secretary


Karen Davis

One of the nation’s lead­ing health econ­o­mists, Karen Davis, Ph.D., is pres­i­dent of The Com­mon­wealth Fund, a national phil­an­thropic entity engaged in inde­pen­dent research on health and social pol­icy issues.  Among the long list of dis­tin­guished posi­tions in her career have been Chair of the Depart­ment of Health Pol­icy and Man­age­ment at The Johns Hop­kins School of Pub­lic Health and Deputy Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of health pol­icy in the Carter Administration.


Hon. Heather Mizeur

Heather R. Mizeur has rep­re­sented the 20th dis­trict (Mont­gomery County) of Mary­land in the House of Del­e­gates since 2007. Prior to her elec­tion, Heather served as MA Sen­a­tor John Kerry’s Domes­tic Pol­icy Direc­tor and was sig­nif­i­cant to his health care reform agenda dur­ing the 2004 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. In Annapo­lis, she has spon­sored and won pas­sage of a num­ber of bills to improve access to health cov­er­age, includ­ing the Fam­ily Cov­er­age Expan­sion Act (2007), Kids First Act (2008), and Fam­ily Plan­ning Works Act (2011). In 2009, the Obama Admin­is­tra­tion tapped Heather to serve on the State Leg­is­la­tors for Health Reform Task Force, a select group of leg­is­la­tors advis­ing the White House on best prac­tices, poli­cies, and pri­or­i­ties crit­i­cal to fed­eral health reform.


Tara Straw

Tara Straw is HCAN’s Leg­isla­tive and Pol­icy Direc­tor. In this role, she devel­ops leg­isla­tive strat­egy to pro­tect, pro­mote, and improve the Afford­able Care Act; leads HCAN’s response to reg­u­la­tions that imple­ment the law; and works with HCAN part­ners in Wash­ing­ton, DC and in the states. In 2009, Ms. Straw served as Deputy Leg­isla­tive and Pol­icy Direc­tor and was HCAN’s lead Sen­ate lob­by­ist. Prior to HCAN, Ms. Straw was the head lob­by­ist for the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Obste­tri­cians and Gyne­col­o­gists. She also worked on fed­eral and state leg­is­la­tion at the March of Dimes and as a health pol­icy ana­lyst at the National Con­fer­ence of State Leg­is­la­tures. She received a Mas­ters of Pub­lic Pol­icy at Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity in Wash­ing­ton, DC, where she also received her under­grad­u­ate degree.


Spe­cial thanks to the ADA Ed Fund Spon­sors and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and her staff for their lead­er­ship and sup­port for this event.

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