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. DC’s current policy requires masks to be worn indoors.  ACAP will also require all attendees to attest that they are fully vaccinated upon registration.

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.

7:00 a.m. ACAP Run/Walk Sponsored

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

Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:55 a.m.

7:30 a.m. Breakfast Sponsored by CareBridge Health

Congressional Room

8:30 a.m. Welcome

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

8:35 a.m. Congressional Bipartisan Leadership Award
Presented to Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI)
The ACAP Congressional Bipartisan 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 Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) 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

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the Administrator of CMS, will discuss the Biden’s Administration goals to address affordability, access, and equity.


·       Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (invited)

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 Biden Administration’s agenda.


·       Katie Keith, Professor, Georgetown University (confirmed)


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.


·       Kelly Hall, Executive Director, Fairness Project (confirmed)

·       Elizabeth Taylor, CEO, National Health Law Program (confirmed)

·       Josh Trent, Principal, Leavitt Partners LLC and Enrollment Coalition (confirmed)

12:30 p.m. Lunchonsored 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.

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

Three leaders of Safety Net Health Plans will be interviewed by a distinguished national health policy communicator on the challenges of health plan leadership.


·       Richard Sanchez, CEO, CalOptima (invited)

·       Lisa Wright, CEO, Community Health Choice (invited)

·       Jessica Cromer, President and CEO, MDwise (invited)

·       Jeff Van Ness, Vice President of Communications, ACAP (confirmed)

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.


·       Eric Hunter, CEO, CareOregon, (confirmed)

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

Early in the pandemic, legislation passed that required all states 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.

·       Jenny Babcock, Senior Vice President of Medicaid Policy, ACAP

·       Doug Hayward, CEO, Kern Family Health Care (confirmed)

5:00 p.m. Adjourn
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 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

7:00 a.m. ACAP Run/Walk 

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

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, provide a recap of yesterday’s sessions.

9:15 a.m. Affordability in the Marketplace  

With a reinvigorated national conversation happening on the merits of a public option, two ACAP plans in states that have passed public option legislation will debate the pros and cons of different approaches—looking at potential benefits around improving affordability for consumers, as well as unintended consequences.


·       Alan Lederman, COO, Community Health Plan of Washington (confirmed)

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 (confirmed)

·       Tony Solem, Vice President, Medicaid and HealthChoices Executive Director, Gateway Health (confirmed)

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.

·       Christine Aguiar Lynch, Vice President of Medicare & MLTSS, ACAP

·       Hany Abdelaal, President, VNSNY Choice (invited)

·       John Lovelace, President, UPMC for You (confirmed)

12:00 p.m. Adjourn