On behalf of The Century Foundation and The American Prospect you are invited to Health Reform 2020: Towards Affordable, Quality Care for All Americans. Join leading experts as they explore options to improve affordable, accessible health coverage—from extending Medicare, to expanding Medicaid, to building on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Former administration officials, academics, experts, state leaders, political strategists, and journalists will debate the opportunities and pitfalls of various public plan options and health reform proposals. The conference will also celebrate the release of a Special Issue of The American Prospect on health care reform, co-published with The Century Foundation.

Download slides from Health Reform 2020 here.


8:30-9:00 Coffee and light breakfast

9:00-9:05 Welcome

  • Mark Zuckerman, president of The Century Foundation

9:05-9:20 From History to Strategy: Health Reform’s Past, Health Reform’s Future

  • Paul Starr, co-founder and co-editor of the The American Prospect and professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University

9:20-10:05 Component Parts and Challenges

  • Sherry Glied, dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • Jeanne Lambrew, senior fellow, The Century Foundation and former deputy assistant to the president for health policy in the Obama Administration
  • Larry Levitt, senior vice president for Special Initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation

10:05-10:15 Break

10:15-11:30 Medicare for All, Medicare for More

  • Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director for the American Public Health Association
  • Cathy Hurwit, chief of staff to Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL)
  • Paul Starr, The American Prospect
  • Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent at Kaiser Health News (moderator)
  • Discussant: Hannah Neprash, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Management

11:30- 12:45 Medicaid for More and State-Based Reforms

  • Heather Howard, director of State Health and Value Strategies and faculty affiliate of the Center for Health & Wellbeing at Princeton
  • Harold Pollack, Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and senior fellow, The Century Foundation
  • Michael Sparer, chair and professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Noam Levey, correspondent at the Los Angeles Times (moderator)
  • Discussant: Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health

12:45-1:15 Lunch Keynote: Anna Greenberg, partner at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research

1:15 – 2:30 Building on the Affordable Care Act

  • John Holahan, fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute
  • Peter V. Lee, executive director for California’s health insurance marketplace, “Covered California”
  • Ellen Montz, fellow at The Century Foundation
  • Margot Sanger-Katz, health care correspondent at the New York Times (moderator)
  • Discussant: Kevin Patterson, chief executive officer for Colorado’s health insurance marketplace, “Connect for Health Colorado”

2:30-2:55 Political Prospects

  • Anita Dunn, managing director at SKDK

2:55-3:00 Closing Remarks

  • Mark Zuckerman, president of The Century Foundation