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Muskie School brings experts and community together for health policy colloquia

The Muskie School of Public Service hosted two health policy colloquia this April to promote informed discussion throughout the state regarding MaineCare coverage options under the ACA and the implications of Vermont’s move toward a single-payer system.The series, sponsored by the Muskie School Board of Visitors, offers community conversations in which experts from various disciplines and perspectives inform and engage the broader public to explore and debate critical policy issues.

On April 8, the school presented Examining MaineCare’s Coverage Options Under the Affordable Care Act. More than 100 registrants from throughout the state joined national and state experts to address the issue of MaineCare expansion under the ACA. Featured speakers included Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, as well as Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

ADHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew and experts discuss MaineCarentos and Rosenbaum were joined by a panel of public health and health care experts from throughout the state, including Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew; David Howes, president of Martins Point Health Care; and Sara Gagne-Holmes, executive director of Maine Equal Justice Partners. Trish Riley, adjunct professor of health policy at the Muskie School and lecturer in state health policy at George Washington University facilitated.

On April 22, community and sector leaders joined for Global Budgets, Payment Reform, and Single Payer: Understanding Vermont's Health Reform. Participants discussed Vermont's recent movie toward single payer health care and how the state is cutting costs and improving how health care is delivered, as well as the implications for Maine.

Presenter Anya Rader Wallack and panelistsAnya Rader Wallack, chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, presented on ways in which the state is seeking to make heath care a public good, creating an integrated delivery system, and moving to a single system where access to health coverage is not linked to employment.

Wallack was joined by panelists Elizabeth Mitchell, former CEO of Maine Health Management Coalition; Katherine Pelletreau, executive director of Maine Association of Health Plans; Rep. Charles Priest, of the board of directors at Maine AllCare; and Stefanie Nadeau, director of MaineCare Services.

Muskie staff and faculty published two research briefs associated with the colloquia:

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"Examining MaineCare’s Coverage Options Under the Affordable Care Act," prepared by Erika Ziller and Trish Riley for an April 8, 2013 colloquium that explored the options and implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for Maine. 

"Global Budgets, Payment Reform and Single Payer: Understanding Vermont’s Health Reform," prepared by Trish Riley for an April 22, 2013 colloquium that explored Vermont's health reform initiatives and the lessons they may have for Maine.