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LBJ School Partners with Texas Tribune on Health Care Symposium

The Texas Tribune is partnering with The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs for the next installment of Texas Tribune Festival’s “On The Road” series, titled “Health Care.” The daylong symposium will cover major issues in health care policy in Texas and will include discussions about the Affordable Care Act, women’s health, cost containment and the impact of technological innovation on medicine. In addition to several LBJ School alumni who will be speaking on panels, LBJ School Professor David Warner, a health care policy expert, will be moderating a panel on cost containment.

WHAT: Texas Tribune Festival’s “On The Road: Health Care”

WHEN: Thursday, April 25
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: LBJ School of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin
2315 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78712

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Participants include Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services; state Reps. John Zerwas (R-Simonton) and Garnet Coleman (D-Houston); state Sens. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) and Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels); Tom Suehs, former executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services; Michelle Berger, president of the Travis County Medical Society; Dan McCoy, interim chief medical officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas; Anne Dunkelberg, associate director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities and LBJ School graduate (’88); Billy Hamilton, former deputy comptroller of Texas and LBJ School graduate (’75); Joseph Potter, faculty research associate at The University of Texas at Austin’s Population Research Center; Brett Giroir, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives at the Texas A&M University System; Nora Belcher, executive director of the Texas e-Health Alliance; and Jesus Garza, president and CEO of Seton Healthcare Family, LBJ School graduate (‘77), and LBJ School Advisory Council member.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 22. Submit your registration via email to rsvp@texastribune.org or by calling 512-716-8641. A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public media organization whose mission is to promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government and other matters of statewide interest.

For more information, contact Kerri Battles, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs, 512-232-4054, kerribattles@austin.utexas.edu; Maryam Brown, 512-382-9017, Maryam@giantnoise.com.

Full Schedule:

8 - 8:30 AM: Complimentary breakfast

8:30 AM: Welcome by BILL POWERS, president of the University of Texas at Austin, and introduction by EVAN SMITH, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune

8:40 - 9:30 AM: Health Care and the 83rd Legislative Session


State Rep. GARNET COLEMAN, member of the House Public Health Committee, and state Rep. JOHN ZERWAS, member of the House Human Services Committee. Moderated by Evan Smith, CEO and editor in chief, The Texas Tribune.

9:45 - 10:45 AM: Texas and the Affordable Care Act

State Rep. GREG BONNEN, physician; ANNE DUNKELBERG, associate director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities; BILLY HAMILTON, consultant and former deputy comptroller of Texas; and JOHN DAVIDSON, health care policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Moderated by Becca Aaronson, reporter, The Texas Tribune.

11 AM - Noon: Is Cost Containment Possible?

DAN MCCOY, chief medical officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas; TOM SUEHS, former executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services; MICHELLE BERGER, president of the Travis County Medical Society; and JESUS GARZA, president and CEO of the Seton Healthcare Family. Moderated by Dr. DAVID WARNER, Professor of Public Affairs and Wilbur J. Cohen Professor in Health and Social Policy.

Noon - 12:30 PM: Break and complimentary lunch

12:30 - 1:30 PM: A Conversation With the Commissioner

A sit-down with Evan Smith and KYLE JANEK, executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services

1:45 - 2:45 PM: Technology and Innovation in Medicine

BRETT GIROIR, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives for the Texas A&M University System; NORA BELCHER, executive director of the Texas e-Health Alliance; CHAD SHEPLER, director of partnerships for DocbookMD; and JOHN MASON, chief information officer of St. David's HealthCare. Moderated by EMILY RAMSHAW, editor, The Texas Tribune.

3 – 4 PM: The State of Women’s Health

State Rep. BRYAN HUGHES; state Rep. SARAH DAVIS, member of the House Public Health Committee; JOSEPH POTTER, professor of sociology and faculty research associate for the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin; and AMY HAGSTROM MILLER, founder, president and CEO of Whole Woman's Health. Moderated by Emily Ramshaw, editor, The Texas Tribune.

4 PM: Program concludes