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Hot Issues in Health

Our annual conference features robust discussions about health care and policy issues affecting the state.

2016 Conference

The 2016 Hot Issues in Health Care conference focused on the future of the Affordable Care Act and health reform under a Trump Administration. 

The conference featured keynote speeches by Sarah Kliff, senior editor of; Dr. Patricia Gabow, former CEO of Denver Health, and currently a national leader in health delivery innovation; and Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne.

Former legislators Norma Anderson and Paul Weissmann joined Represantitive Joann Ginal and Senator Larry Crowder for a panel discussion about past and present health and health care policy issues.

Presentations from CHI Staff and Community Partners

Ready Set Colorado
Michele Lueck
Picking Up the Pieces: An Election Review and 2017 Legislative Forecast
Allie Morgan and Joe Hanel


Colorado health insurance exchange on life support or a healthy prognosis?
Jeff Bontrager and Amy Stephens
middle on the edge
Edmond Toy and Tamara Drangstveit


medicaid midstream
Emily Johnson and Ross Brooks
End of Life Options in Colorado
Alexandra Caldwell


Colorado's new map
Joe Hanel
chaos and disruption
Amy Downs


it takes two to tango
Tamara Keeney and Lisa Jansen Thompson
home is where the heat is
Natalie Triedman


from the ground up
Sara Schmitt and Jeff Zayach


2015 Conference

Keynote Speaker

Alice Rivlin

Dr. Alice Rivlin

Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution

Dr. Rivlin founded the Congressional Budget Office,  which provides nonpartisan budgetary and  economic information to support the federal budget  process, in 1975. She has also served as Vice Chair  of the Federal Reserve Board and Director of the  White House Office of Management and Budget.

She is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation  “genius grant,” among other awards. A frequent contributor to research, discussion and congressional testimony around health insurance in the U.S., Dr. Rivlin brought a valuable perspective to our discussion. We were honored to have her. 

CHI Staff Presentations

Fifty, Five and the Future
Michele Lueck
building the aca on your own terms
Jeff Bontrager and Nina Roumell


Markets Under Pressure
Amy Downs and Tamara Keeney
Livin La Vida Local
Jessica Fern and Emily Johnson


The Evidence in Question
Michele Lueck and Chris Plein
riding the age wave
Sara Schmitt and Natalie Triedman


High Stakes for health in 2016
Allie Morgan and Joe Hanel


2014 day one presentations
2014 Day 1 Presentations
2014 day two presentations
2014 Day 2 Presentations