ACAP CEO Summit 2021

October 28, 2021 - October 29, 2021

ACAP CEO Summit 2021

*Invite only*

ACAP will comply with all DC and CDC guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic for our upcoming CEO Summit, including mask requirements and social distancing. See a full list of our COVID meeting protocols here.

The Capital Hilton | 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 


Thursday, October 28 

All meeting sessions will take place in the Presidential Room unless otherwise noted.
All meals will take place in the Congressional Ballroom unless otherwise noted. 

6:30 am – 5:00 p.m.  COVID testing 

Statler AB Room

7:00 a.m.  ACAP Walk  

Open to all attendees who would like to walk on a scenic route through downtown Washington, D.C. 

*Masks are optional* 

Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:55 a.m. 

7:30 a.m.  Breakfast Sponsored by ACAP Preferred Vendor CareBridge Health 

Congressional Room 

8:30 a.m.  Welcome 

Christopher Palmieri, ACAP Chairman, President & CEO, Commonwealth Care Alliance 

8:35 a.m.  Congressional Leadership Award
Presented to Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)  The ACAP Congressional Leadership Award is given to Members of Congress who have championed policies integral to ACAP’s mission and vision in a bipartisan manner. ACAP will present the 2021 award to Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) for their sponsorship of the Stabilize Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Act of 2021, which promotes 12-month continuous eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP enrollees. 
9:00 a.m.  Opening Remarks by ACAP CEO Meg Murray 

Meg Murray will discuss the contributions of Safety Net Health Plans to Medicaid, Medicare, and the Marketplace. 

9:30 a.m.  Keynote Address: The Biden Administration’s Vision for Health Care 

Ellen Montz, Deputy Administrator and Director of CCIIO will discuss the Biden’s Administration goals to address affordability, access, and equity within the Marketplaces 

  • Dr. Ellen Montz, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) 

Moderator: Peter Marino, President & CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

10:15 a.m.  Networking and Vendor Exhibit Break Sponsored by Preferred Vendor Express Scripts 
10:45 a.m.  Judicial Landscape in Health Care 

Katie Keith, Professor at Georgetown University, will discuss the current judicial landscape in health care, including lingering risks to the Affordable Care Act, and upcoming challenges to the Biden Administration’s agenda.  

Moderator: Meg Murray, CEO, ACAP 

11:30 a.m. 

Filling the Coverage Gap 

The panel will discuss methods to increase coverage through both public programs and private coverage, such as the ballot initiative process to promote Medicaid expansion and autoenrollment. 

  • Hannah Ledford, Campaign Director, Fairness Project 
  • Elizabeth Taylor, CEO, National Health Law Program
  • Josh Trent, Principal, Leavitt Partners LLC and Enrollment Coalition

Moderator: Meg Murray, CEO, ACAP 

12:30 p.m.  Lunch Sponsored by ACAP Preferred Vendor Clearlink Partners 

Congressional Room 

1:30 p.m.  Sixteenth Annual Supporting the Safety Net Award and Address 

This award honors a community-based organization or individual whose work clearly goes beyond the norm and whose services are recognized as best practices which stand as a model for replication in the safety net environment. 

Introduced by: Enrique Martinez-Vidal, Vice President for Quality and Operations, ACAP

Presented by: Francoise Culley-Trotman, CEO, AlohaCare 

Accepted by: Christina Higa, Co-Director, Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center

2:00 p.m.  CEO Panel: Navigating the New Normal 

Three leaders of Safety Net Health Plans will discuss the myriad challenges of health plan leadership. 

  • John Grgurina, CEO, San Francisco Health Plan 
  • Lisa Wright, CEO, Community Health Choice 
  • David Wagner, President, Elderplan

Moderator: Jeff Van Ness, Vice President of Communications, ACAP  

3:00 p.m.  Networking and Vendor Exhibit Break Sponsored by Preferred Vendor Express Scripts 
3:30 p.m.  Health Plan Innovations to Improve Health Equity  

Safety Net plans are working with their communities to measure inequities among their members and develop programs to improve health equity. Two CEOs will discuss their plan’s initiatives to help reduce health disparities. 

Moderator: Jenny Babcock, Senior Vice President of Medicaid Policy, ACAP 

4:15 p.m.  How the COVID-19 Pandemic Improved Coverage 

Early in the pandemic, legislation passed that required all states to provide continuous Medicaid coverage to all enrollees as a condition of receiving enhanced funding. With eligibility churn in Medicaid brought to a temporary halt, this provides new security and stability to tens of millions of people. ACAP has worked with NORC to study the impact of continuous coverage on Medicaid enrollees.   

  • Doug Hayward, CEO, Kern Family Health Care 

Moderator: Jenny Babcock, Senior Vice President of Medicaid Policy, ACAP 

5:00 p.m.  Adjourn 
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Outdoor Reception Sponsored by ACAP Preferred Vendor PerformRx 

Hay Adams 

800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006  

Meet in the lobby at 5:20 p.m. 

Friday, October 29 

6:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. COVID testing 

Statler AB Room

7:00 a.m.  ACAP Walk  

Open to all attendees who would like to walk on a scenic route through downtown Washington, D.C. 

*Masks are optional* 

Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:55 a.m. 

8:00 a.m.  Breakfast Sponsored by Preferred Vendor HMA 

Congressional Room 

9:00 a.m.  Welcome Back 

Meg Murray, CEO of ACAP, will welcome attendees to the second day of the ACAP CEO Summit and provide a recap of yesterday’s sessions. 

9:15 a.m.  Affordability in the Marketplace 

With a reinvigorated national conversation about the rising costs of health care, we will review a variety of innovations targeted at improving affordability, including changes to the APTC structure, state public option legislation, and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). 

  • Alan Lederman, COO, Community Health Plan of Washington  
  • Ken Janda, Principal, Wild Blue Health Solutions 

Moderator: Heather Foster, Vice President for Marketplace, ACAP 

10:00 a.m.  Networking and Vendor Exhibit Break Sponsored by Preferred Vendor Express Scripts 
10:30 a.m.  How Plans are Getting Needles in Arms 

ACAP plans have implemented a variety of strategies to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates and to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. This session identifies common challenges, showcases promising practices, and contemplates how lessons learned can be applied to the next stages of COVID-19 vaccination and to future vaccination programs for COVID-19 and other preventable illnesses. 

  • Chris Palmieri, President & CEO, Commonwealth Care Alliance 
  • Andrea Gelzer, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, AmeriHealth Caritas 

Moderator: Enrique Martinez-Vidal, Vice President of Quality and Operations, ACAP 

11:15 a.m.  Improving Dually Eligible Beneficiaries’ SDOH Needs 

Join ACAP member plans in a discussion of strategies to improve the social determinant of health needs of dually eligible beneficiaries enrolled in D-SNPs. 

Moderator: Christine Aguiar Lynch, Vice President of Medicare & MLTSS, ACAP  

12:00 p.m.  Adjourn