Medicaid Reform Conference draws 300 Floridians

Some 300 health care providers, consumers and policy-makers from around the state have signed up for the Medicaid Reform Symposium–the Future of Florida Medicaid on July 12 in Orlando.

The response has been overwhelming, and registration for the all-day event is now closed.

Co-sponsored by the Winter Park Health Foundation, the Budd Bell Foundation, the Florida Hospital Association, the Jessie Ball duPoint Fund and Nemours, the Symposium is designed to shed light on the complex subject of Medicaid reform in Florida and its repercussions. It is designed to be a non-partisan, balanced information session.

The speakers include Alan Levine, secretary for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration which is overseeing the reform process.

Joan Alker, researcher with the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, will discuss Section 1115 waivers and what they could mean for Florida’s Medicaid Program. She is the author of two policy briefs recently commissioned by the Winter Park Health Foundation. Both are designed to provide insight into the existing program and proposed changes. (They can be viewed on the Foundation website,

Other speakers include Alan Weil, the Urban Institute; Pat Baker, the Connecticut Health Foundation; Gordon Bonneyman, executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center; Gary Crayton, Health Management Associates; Donna Cohen-Ross, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities; Tony Carvalho, the Florida Hospital Association; John Sowinski, Consensus Communications; Bruce Barcelo, Barcelo & Company and Roy Miller, the Children’s Campaign.

You can read the background materials supplied for the conference on the Winter Park Health Foundation website,