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11:30 HOT TOPICS, The True Cost of Rejected Medicaid Funds

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM
Sorosis Womans Club of Orlando
501 East Livingston Street
Orlando, FL  32803

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The True Cost of Rejected Medicaid Funds

Under Rick Scott, the state of Florida declined Medicaid expansion of $5 billion per year to cover 800,000 Floridians; Governor DeSantis has announced that he will continue this policy.  There is a cost to this decision that impacts consumers, the community, and local health care.  The League supports Medicaid expansion in Florida and to reducing health care costs while also increasing access to health care for all Floridians.

Florida is currently ranked:  48th in Access and Affordability, 49th in Prevention and Treatment, 31st in Healthy Lives Lost (includes suicides, alcohol/drugs and mortality amendable to health care)

Hot Topics will address this state of affairs and what is being done to improve this situation for our citizens.

Moderator:  R. Paul Duncan

Paul Duncan has been a faculty member at the University of Florida since 1979. He currently serves as Senior Associate Dean in the UF Graduate School. Dr. Duncan is a nationally prominent health services researcher, best known for his studies of access to various forms of medical and dental care. In recent years, much of his work has focused on health insurance and the uninsured. His most recent research includes an 8-year contract with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to conduct an independent evaluation of Florida’s Medicaid reform initiative. 



Kevin Sherin, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, FAAFP

Dr. Sherin was most recently (since 2004) Health Officer and Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.  Orange County is a jurisdiction of 1.2 million people including Orlando and its metropolitan area.

Between January and April of 2013, he served as Interim Director for the Division of Disease Control and Health Protection for the Florida Department of Health.  He previously served as a Family Medicine Residency Director in Illinois and as a local health officer in jurisdictions in Illinois and Florida, a range from a large suburban county to two rural counties.

He is a graduate of the CDC's Public Health Leadership Institute.  He is Past President of the Florida Public Health Association, 1992-93, and of the Florida Association of County Health Officials.  He served as President of the American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP), 2008-10 and on various sate and national boards including pandemic flu.  He has served on the State Tobacco Advisory Council, NACCHO Board 2011-13, and NACCHO work groups including Annual Program Planning, Immunizations, Climate Change, and the Public Health Workgroup (current Vice Chair).  He is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the FSU College of Medicine, Tallahassee, and an Associate Clinical Professor at the UCF College of Medicine.

Marni Stahlman, PhD, ABD

Currently Executive Director of the Conductive Education Center of Orlando. In her most recent role as President/CEO of Shepherd's Hope, a faith-based nonprofit serving the uninsured and under insured at five free health clinics in Orange and Seminole counties, Marni has implemented dramatic strides to the organization through clinical operations innovations, Board of directors enhancement, and communications and sustainability initiatives with the goal of positioning the Shepherd's Hope brand as a balanced and authoritative voice for the nearly one half million uninsured men, women and children (1 in 4 local residents) living in Central Florida.

Marni has increased the employee team from 16 to 27 employees while leading 2,300+ medical and lay volunteers, in 2016 alone, to execute nearly 18,000 primary and/or specialty care patient visits and services to the uninsured and/or under served.  With the average cost of an emergency department visit in Central Florida at $4,600 (OBJ 11/1/14) and the value for a patient visit at a Shepherd's Hope health center (which may include physician exam, nursing assessment, diagnostic testing, pharmacy, and case management services) at $77, Marni has been able to demonstrate a mitigating factor to area hospital system partners of nearly $420,420 to $25,116,000.

Anne Packham, MPH

Anne is the Marketplace Product Director for the Affordable Care Act navigator grant awarded to the Primary Care Access Network (PCAN) in August 2014.  After working in international health for a decade, Ms. Packham worked in several health management areas for organizations in Boston and New York.  Subsequently, she served as the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Coordinator for the City of Cincinnati.  In addition, she worked for several years in the medical interpreting industry.

Since moving to Orlando in 2011, Ms. Packham has provided consulting services to the Health Council of East Central Florida, the Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value (formerly the Florida Healthcare Coalition) and taught at the University of Phoenix.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of MIchigan.