Pell Center

The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina is a multidisciplinary research center focused at the intersection of politics, policies and ideas.

New Event: Healthcare Reform and Rhode Island

On Monday, April 30, 2012, the Pell Center for International Relations will host a half-day conference on the state of healthcare reform in Rhode Island.  Featuring keynote remarks from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and a who’s-who of healthcare officials and policy makers, the conference is intended to take stock of what’s planned and what’s possible as we await the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The current agenda with confirmed speakers is below, or you can download a .pdf here.

Seating is limited.  RSVP to [email protected].

Healthcare Reform and Rhode Island:
The Law, the Politics, and the Implementation

A Half-Day Conference and Conversation hosted by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University

Monday, April 30, 2012

12:30 PM      Registration

1:00 PM        Welcome from the University

1:05 PM        Panel I: The Policy and Politics of Healthcare Reform

What are the key features of the Affordable Care Act?  What are they intended to do?  How were they developed?  How did policy and politics come together in the crafting of the legislation?  What are the key political and policy issues today?  What is the Supreme Court considering?  How will it affect the debate moving forward?


Jordanna Davis, Senior Associate, Sachs Consulting
Darrell West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies, Brookings
Linda Katz, Co-Founder and Policy Director, The Economic Progress Institute

2:15 PM        Panel II: Healthcare Reform Implementation in Rhode Island

While the national political debate simmers, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues.  How has the law already affected the State of Rhode Island and the people who live here?  What are consumers likely to see affect them in the coming months and years?  How will the citizens of the state be affected by major changes from Washington?


Jane Hayward, President, RI Community Health Center Association
Christopher Koller, Health Insurance Commissioner, Office of Health Insurance Commissioner, State of RI
Peter Andruszkiewicz, President, BCBS of RI
Dennis Keefe, President & Chief Executive Officer at Care New England
Elizabeth Roberts, Lt. Governor of Rhode Island

3:30 PM        Keynote Address: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is a key player on healthcare in the United States Senate.  Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, he is a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and has made lowering costs and increasing the quality of care a priority issue.

4:30 PM        Conclude

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