Upcoming Events - 2023 Fall Conference

Hospital Prices: Are we at the tipping point?

October 19, 2023
Join us as we gather stakeholders from across the country to share actionable solutions to the leading cause of skyrocketing healthcare costs in the US: uncontrolled hospital prices!   

Program Highlights

Keynote Remarks by Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD
Senior Contributing Editor, KFF Health News, and Author of
An American Sickness:  How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back


Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD

  • Additional Speakers 
    • Elizabeth Fowler, Director for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
    • Andrew Gounardes, New York State Senator
    • Julie Menin, New York City Councilmember
    • Manny Pastreich, President, SEIU 32BJ, and Trustee, 32BJ Labor Industry Cooperation Fund
    • Howard Rothschild, President, Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations
    • Claire Brockbank, Director, Policy and Strategy, 32BJ Health Fund
  • Morning Panel – It’s Some of the Prices, Stupid
    • ModeratorMisha Sharp, Assistant Director of Policy, 32BJ Health Fund
    • Panelists:
      • Ramon Rodriguez, President & CEO at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center
      • Elisabeth R. Benjamin, MSPH, JD, Vice President of Health Initiatives, Community Service Society of New York
      • Liz Krueger, Chair, New York State Senate Finance Committee
  • Afternoon Panel – The Case for Change: The Risks and Rewards of Rethinking Healthcare Purchasing
    • Moderator: Stacey Richter, Host, Relentless Health Value Podcast
    • Panelists:
      • Cora Opsahl, Director, 32BJ Health Fund
      • Lauren Vela, Passionate Health Care Reform Leader | Advocate for Employers’ Role in Better Health Care | Strategic Advisor & Consultant
      • Lee Lewis, Chief Strategy Officer & GM, Medical Solutions, Health Transformation Alliance
For details about the program’s speakers and agenda, click here.
This event is presented by the 32BJ Labor Industry Cooperation Fund, the 32BJ Health Fund, and City & State.

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