On November 8th at 1:00 pm EST, NCCS will host a webinar on this year’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period, which started on November 1st.
With so many mixed messages regarding the ACA, millions of Americans are confused about where the law stands now, what changes to expect during this year’s open enrollment, and what steps they need to take now.
We are pleased to have Jodi Ray, Director of Florida Covering Kids & Families, and Debbie Curtis, Deputy Director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority, joining us for this webinar. We will discuss changes in plans this year, premium options, and how advocates can help cancer patients and survivors enroll in health care through the marketplace. We will also take questions from the webinar audience.
Jodi Ray is the Director and Principal Investigator for Florida Covering Kids and Families, at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies. The Chiles Center conducts regional, national and international service, research and educational programs to promote maternal and child health of underserved populations.
Ms. Ray has over 18 years’ experience in designing, implementing and evaluating outreach and enrollment efforts in Florida. Over the course of her career, she has overseen statewide efforts to connect consumers to public health coverage programs, which has led to her broad scope and understanding of the design and implementation of community-based collaborative initiatives to reduce the uninsured. Ms. Ray has been the recipient of four federal grants from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services focused on enrolling children into health coverage through CHIP and Medicaid and more recently, Ms. Ray has received five awards from The Department of Health and Human Services to provide Navigators throughout the entire state of Florida, to educate and enroll consumers into the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Ms. Ray currently oversees the largest federally funded HHS Navigator grant in the country.
Debbie Curtis serves as the Deputy Director for the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority. She joined the Exchange staff in March of 2013. For the previous 15 years, she served in a joint position as the Chief of Staff for Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), Lead Democrat of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and as a Professional Staff Member on the Ways and Means Democratic Staff. Prior to her work for Rep. Stark, Debbie served as health legislative assistant for (then Representative) now Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rep. Jim Moody (D-WI), both then Ways and Means Health Subcommittee members. She was the Congressional Affairs Director for Citizen Action, a nationwide grassroots consumer advocacy organization, where she lobbied for national health care reform during the Clinton health care reform years (1993, 1994). She’s also worked on the staffs of now Senators (then Representatives) Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA). Debbie graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1988.