Sunday, March 4, 2018 ~ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm  

Special Pre-conference session (open to all conference participants)
Esplanade Suites 1 & 2

150 Years of ObamaCare
Daniel E. Dawes, JD - Executive Director of Health Policy and External Affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

This year marks a critical juncture for behavioral health access. In this talk about his book 150 Years of ObamaCare, health-care attorney and author, Daniel E. Dawes, explores the hidden backstory of the Affordable Care Act, shedding light on the creation and implementation of the greatest and most sweeping equalizer in the history of American health care. An eye-opening and authoritative narrative written from an insider’s perspective, 150 Years of ObamaCare debunks contemporary understandings of health reform. It also provides a comprehensive and unprecedented review of the health equity movement and the little-known leadership efforts that were crucial to passing public policies and laws reforming mental health, minority health, and universal health. An instrumental player in a large coalition of organizations that helped shape ObamaCare, Dr. Dawes tells the story of the Affordable Care Act with urgency and intimate detail. Dr. Dawes explains the law through a health equity lens, focusing on what it is meant to do and how it affects various groups. Ultimately, he argues that ObamaCare is much more comprehensive in the context of previous reform efforts than is typically understood.

About the speaker

dawes2Daniel E. Dawes, JD
Attorney Daniel E. Dawes is a nationally recognized leader in the health equity movement and has led numerous efforts to address health policy issues impacting vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized populations. He is a health care attorney and administrator, and serves as the executive director of government affairs and health policy at Morehouse School of Medicine. He is also the general counsel and a lecturer of health law and policy at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. Dawes was instrumental in shaping the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and founded and chaired the largest advocacy group, the National Working Group on Health Disparities and Health Reform, focused on developing comprehensive, inclusive and meaningful legislation to reform the health care system and address the disparities in health care and health status among racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, women, children, LGBT individuals, and other vulnerable groups in the United States. He is the co-founder of the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN), which is a national network of health equity champions in virtually every state and territory. Dawes serves on the Advisory Council for the Children's Mental Health Network.

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