2024 Events

2024 Fall Conference

September 19, 2024

The Price of Power: Confronting the Hospital Affordability Crisis

Our third annual conference will be our most energizing yet in highlighting the urgency behind the problem of increasing hospital prices. Join us as we continue to address the anticompetitive power dynamics that keep hospital prices unsustainably high and rising, while giving employers, unions, and individuals no choice but to pay them.

September 19, 2024
8:00am – 3:00pm

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street

New York, New York 10011

Among our featured speakers are keynote Zack Cooper, Director of Health Policy at Yale’s Tobin Center for Economic Policy; Erin C. Fuse Brown, Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice, Brown University School of Public Health; Shawn Gremminger, President & CEO of National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions; Peter V. Lee, Senior Scholar with Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC); Rosa Novo, Administrative Benefits Director at Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Sophia Tripoli, Senior Director of Health Policy at Families USA; and Lindsey Vigoda, New York Director for Small Business Majority.

  • You’ll hear stories from employers and unions who have faced the challenges of high hospital prices, including how the 32BJ Health Fund recently conducted a selection process to evaluate medical claims administrators, with lessons to help other employers buy more affordable health benefits

  • We’ll make a compelling case for establishing fair prices using site-neutral payments to combat the effects of market consolidation. We’ll also celebrate the launch of the New York City Office of Healthcare Accountability and recognize efforts by the Coalition of Affordable Hospitals to advance progress in New Jersey


  8:00am: Networking Breakfast

  9:00am: Opening Remarks

  9:30am: Keynote Address

10:45am: Morning Panel: Reining in the Giants—Policies for Fair Prices and Better Markets

  12:15pm: Networking Lunch

   1:45pm: Afternoon Panel: The Labor and Employer Imperative for Affordable Healthcare

  3:00pm: Sessions Conclude


This program is sponsored by the 32BJ Labor Industry Cooperation Fund, the 32BJ Health Fund, and City & State.