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California Policy Forum Webinar: Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Road Thus Far.

You are welcome to download the slides from the webinar presentation (on the right). Please let us know if you have comments or ideas for future California Policy Forum webinars. 

Meeting Description:

As the March 31st deadline for open enrollment quickly approaches, it seems like an opportune time to assess implementation of the ACA to date.We all know the issues. Challenges at the national level with implementation of the health insurance marketplace while California’s website got up and running relatively smoothly (in comparison). Confusion regarding the various provisions and what they mean for the uninsured, underinsured, elderly, low-income and modest income individuals. Disparate opinions about what healthcare reform means for the country and who it helps and hurts. But how have we done in enrolling individuals and small businesses for healthcare and building awareness of the provisions of the act? What are the ongoing policy and implementation issues and what role do we, in the nonprofit and philanthropic community, still need to play to provide affordable care to everyone who needs it?


Join California Philanthropy—Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers—and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) on Tuesday, March 18 from 11 am-noon (PDT) for a statewide webinar to discuss the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California and nationally and where we go from here.


Participants will receive insights about the status of implementation nationally, statewide and in our local communities California ; and how the sector can support implementation from experts in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

The California Policy Forum is a series of webinars presented this year in partnership by CalNonprofits and California Philanthropy (a Northern California GrantmakersSan Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers collaboration).

Date: Tue, Mar 18, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) and the California Philanthropy (Northern California Grantmakers , San Diego Grantmakers, and Southern California Grantmakers)
 Presenter Information
Richard Figueroa
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Richard Figueroa  is the Director of Prevention and the Affordable Care Act for The California Endowment. In the California Governor's Office, he was a Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Health Care Advisor for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Deputy Legislative Secretary for Governor Davis where he was responsible for health care, human services and health insurance issues.
Mr. Figueroa has also served as the Legislative Director for California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, a Principal Consultant to the Senate Committee on Insurance, Senior Consultant to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, and a Legislative Budget Analyst in the Office of the Legislative Analyst. He has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California at Davis and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Cynthia Cox
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Cynthia Cox is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance, where she conducts economic and policy research on the Affordable Care Act and its effects on private insurers and enrollees. Her recent projects include redesigning the Foundation’s Subsidy Calculator and studying the rollout of health insurance exchanges.

Outside of her work at the Foundation, Cynthia currently serves as Board of Directors Chair for the Berkeley Free Clinic, where she has volunteered for over a decade. Prior to joining the Kaiser Family Foundation, she held research and advocacy positions at Columbia University Medical Center and the American Cancer Society. Cynthia holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University.


Kathy Ko Chin
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Kathy Ko Chin is president and chief executive officer of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Kathy has worked in senior management positions in community-based and philanthropic organizations throughout her 30 year career. Recently, Kathy was the program director for the Community Clinics Initiative (CCI), a joint project of Tides and The California Endowment, supporting the infrastructure development of community clinics and health centers in California through grantmaking, learning and knowledge sharing, and data and research. The $130 million, 10 year program, has funded over 90% of all the community clinics and their associations across California. Kathy is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as of Stanford University.

Richard Thomason (Moderator)
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Richard Thomason serves as director of the Health Care and Coverage program at Blue Shield of California Foundation, where he leads the Foundation’s efforts to improve access to care and strengthen the healthcare safety net through grantmaking, program activities, and technical assistance. Joining the Foundation in 2009 as a program officer, he has managed the Foundation’s grantmaking and program work related to health reform, coverage expansion, and strengthening safety net healthcare systems. Prior to joining the Foundation, he was the policy director for SEIU - United Healthcare Workers West, where he was deeply involved in the full range of healthcare reform and healthcare system issues facing SEIU and its membership. Previously, Mr. Thomason spent eight years as professional staff to the California Assembly in roles related to health and fiscal policy. Mr. Thomason has a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Reed College.