Massachusetts Comes to Michigan: Lessons about Health Care Reform from Business Leaders

May 28, 2015

Lessons about Health Care Reform from Business Leaders

2013 Health Care Symposium

February 11, 2013
4:00–5:30 p.m.
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Auditorium
1120 Weill Hall at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
735 South State Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan

No registration necessary. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation will bring together key Massachusetts and Michigan business leaders along with University of Michigan experts to explore lessons from Massachusetts’ experience with health reform and what may be ahead as the Affordable Care Act is implemented in Michigan.

Join us as we:

  • Explore how Chapter 58, Massachusetts’ health reform legislation of 2006, was enacted and implemented with strong support and engagement from the business community.
  • Hear how business leaders were engaged in Massachusetts and the impact their involvement had on the overall law and implementation.
  • Learn the impact the Massachusetts law had on the overall business and state economic climate and how aspects of this experience might be relevant for Michigan.
  • Study why it may prove beneficial for the Michigan business community to be similarly engaged as the state moves forward with plans to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Presenting in an interactive format, the panelists will address these issues, take questions from the live audience as well as through a Twitter feed for webcast participants. Our panelists are:

  • Moderator: Thomas Buchmueller, Waldo O. Hildebrand Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan
  • Rob Fowler, President and CEO of Small Business Association of Michigan
  • Helen Levy, Research Associate Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan
  • Rick Lord, President and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts
  • Michael Widmer, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation

Speaker Biographies

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This symposium is generously co-sponsored by:

In addition to our co-sponsors this symposium is made possible by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and staff support from Community Catalyst.