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Legislative Agenda on Health Reform

The HBA Mid-Atlantic Chapter kicked off its 2010 programming with a provocative and impeccably-timed discussion on national health care reform.

HBA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Evening Educational Seminar

Legislative Agenda on Health Care Reform

The HBA Mid-Atlantic Chapter kicked off its 2010 programming on Thursday, January 28th with a provocative and impeccably-timed discussion on national health care reform. The event occurred one night after President Obama’s State of the Union address, and only a week after Republican Scott Brown’s upset win of the late Edward Kennedy’s Democratic Senate seat in Massachusetts stunned the political world and cast serious doubts about future prospects for reform legislation – which just a few weeks before had seemed almost certain to pass and be enacted into law this year.

The event was held at the DC offices of law firm Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and webcast live at Astra Zeneca’s headquarters in Wilmington, DE, thanks to the generous support of these two sponsors. Making the event available in two distinct geographic venues enabled approximately 80 people from the Mid-Atlantic region and the New York-Philadelphia-Wilmington Northeast corridor to attend.

The panel of three expert, Washington-based healthcare policy and legislation insiders included Julie Barnes, Deputy Director of the Health Care Policy Program at the non-partisan New America Foundation; John Schaeffler, Vice President of Federal Legislative Affairs at Davita, a leading dialysis company; and Tim Clark, Director of Legislative Affairs at sanofi-aventis. These individuals brought diverse view points, real world experience, and fresh perspectives to the health care reform debate and what may be ahead. Mid-Atlantic Chapter President Lesley Reynolds moderated the discussion and Q&A session.

HBA attendees actively participated in the discussions and Q&A with vigor and aplomb, contributing their own insights, views, and predictions – based on their own experience in the industry and/or among insider Washington circles. This event marks the first of many activities planned this year that will allow the HBA Mid-Atlantic members to engage interactively with thought leaders in dynamic groups allowing for lively questions and answer opportunities on substantive health care issues.

In addition to thanking our sponsors and panelists and attendees, the HBA Mid-Atlantic Chapter would like to thank the following individuals for their volunteer assistance in making the event such a success:

  • Programming directors Abigail Jenkins and Jessica Pfennig
  • Event Coordinator, Cori Annapolen Goldberg
  • DC on-site Event Assistants, Selina Spinos and Anne McNamara of Fulbright & Jaworski
  • Program Managers (North) Deb Guttshall and Joy Russo
  • DE-on-site assistants Bebe Exley and Maryellen Murrin
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