Bipartisan Policy Center Health Policy Director Katherine Hayes Discusses GOP Health Reform Implications

Katherine HayesThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Katherine Hayes, Director of Health Policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which has issued a report to Congress urging them to move slowly on repeal of safety net programs supported by the ACA. She warns that states and vulnerable populations will suffer consequences under repeal of support for CHIP as well as federal matching grants for the Medicaid expansion.

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E Healthcare’s ‘Interoperability Guru’ Keith Boone Talks Health IT and Coming Advances

Keith BooneThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Keith Boone, “Interoperability Guru” at GE Health Care. Mr. Boone discusses his work developing standards for health information technology as a board member at HL7 International, and how HL7’s new FHIR standards, as well as growth of Accountable Care Organizations, will accelerate the pace of interoperability in health care.

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Indiana Secretary of Social Services Dr. Jennifer Walthall Discusses Health Care Transformation Thought Medicaid Expansion and Waivers

Jennifer WalthallThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Jennifer Walthall, Indiana’s Secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration, which oversees the state’s Medicaid program. She discusses their unique approach to expanding Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of residents, as well as the state’s comprehensive response to the spike in opioid and HIV cases.

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Sr. Director at Pew Charitable Trusts, Allan Coukell, Discusses Opportunities for FDA Reform

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Allan Coukell, Sr. Director for Health Programs at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he oversees the FDA, drug and medical device safety and the opioid crisis.  He discusses suggested changes to the FDA made by the Trump Administration, and how best to promote reforms at the US Food and Drug Administration to better respond to 21st century advances in research and discovery.

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GOP Health Economist Dr. Gail Wilensky Explores the Future of Health Reform under the Trump Administration

Gail WilenskyThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Gail Wilensky, Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Affairs at Project Hope, GOP health economist and former Administrator for the Health Care Financing Administration under President George H. W. Bush. Dr. Wilensky examines the likely changes coming to the Affordable Care Act under the Trump Administration and GOP-controlled Congress.

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Love Shouldn’t Hurt-An art show to benefit New Horizons

There is an unfortunate atmosphere of hatred in our country today.  It is invading our cities, towns, homes and social media outlets.   The hatred is easy to get caught up in, almost impossible to ignore.  Regardless of political affiliation or belief system, the environment of toxicity is wearing thin on most.  I encounter people all day long, every day, who are feeling angry, overwhelmed, in fear and traumatized.  We must be reminded to take a break, take a step back from the hate, and to take a step toward love.

In that regard, I invite you to take a step toward love, friendship, and  peace. I invite you to join us for a night of live music, great food, fun, friends, beautiful art, and LOVE.  We will be hosting a silent auction Art Show, Love Shouldn’t Hurt, at MAC650 Gallery in Middletown, CT on February 10th from 5 – 7 p.m…  This event is being held to support New Horizons domestic violence services, and to raise funds and awareness about intimate partner violence.

Now, more than ever, we very much need the support from our community to continue to offer services to residents of Middlesex County.  Given the current climate of negative emotions that have the capacity to impact our physical and emotional well-being, I invite all who wish to come together in an act of love, peace and friendship to join us. Whether you are in the market for purchasing art or simply in need of an enriched, wholesome environment in which you can find a moment of warmth and good-will, please, join us, in LOVE.


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Health Care Transformation Task Force Chair Dr. Richard Gilfillan on Value-Based Care Policies Trump and Congress Must Consider

Richard Gilfillan This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Richard Gilfillan, CEO of Trinity Health and Chair of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, a consortium of health industry leaders committed to improving health care in the US. Dr. Gilfillan discusses the need for continued support for value-based health care delivery improvements from Congress and the Trump Administration.

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Former CMS Administrator Dr. Mark McClellan Examines Trump Health Policies, Community Health Centers, Pharmaceutical Industry, and Innovation

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter talk with Dr. Mark McClellan who served as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Commissioner of the FDA under President George W. Bush.  He talks about the probable impact of shifting health policies in the Trump administration, their potential impact on the health care system and how community health centers are likely to play a more vital role in delivering primary care.

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Trump’s Nominee for VA Secretary, Dr. David Shulkin, Discusses Veteran’s Health Care

This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter talk with President Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin.  Dr. Shulkin is currently the Under Secretary for Health at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  He talks about the challenges he has faced coming from the private sector, the important role the VA health care system, as well as the role other issues like housing play in health care.

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Health Policy Expert Timothy Jost Anticipates Significant Setbacks With Repeal of ACA

Timothy JostThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with health policy expert Timothy Jost, Emeritus Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, and frequent contributor to Health Affairs. Professor Jost examines multiple gains made in health insurance coverage and access to care under the Affordable Care Act and the potential losses to millions of Americans with repeal and replace of the ACA.

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