UCI Healthcare Event Features Reps from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, America’s Physician Groups

On November 14, the UCI Paul Merage School of Business held the “Impact of the Midterms on Federal Health Policy and Health Care in California” event, featuring speakers including William Barcellona, SVP of Govt. Affairs for America’s Physician Groups and Edward Heidig, Regional Director, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. 

Moderated by Cindy Ehnes, Executive Vice President of COPE Health Solutions, the speakers said this was an important election and were happy to see an engaged electorate.

According to Heidig, 75% of voters cited in exit polls that the state of health care was the reason for them turning out in 2018.

Barcelona speculated on the members of Congress and Senate that would be taking over committees related to health care.  On the House side, Barcelona said the likely chair for Energy and Commerce will be Rep. Frank Pallone.

The speakers also discussed how the new Congress and the supermajority in the state legislature will have to address chronic illness, preventative care, pre-existing conditions and the homelessness crises.

Barcelona and Heidig agreed that the supermajority in the state Legislature won’t be unified and that incoming Governor Gavin Newsom will have to work on a consensus.

Several factors will be debated over the next two years:  single-payer; companies like Amazon and JP Morgan Chase developing health care models/plans for their employees; wages keeping up with the rising costs of health care.

For more info, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Sr. Vice President.

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