On the Road: A Symposium on Health Care

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013
  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Conversation begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School of Public Affairs
    2315 Red River St, Austin, TX 78712
  • Questions? Please email or call us at 512-716-8691.

** Reservations are now closed. Email to be added to the waitlist. You will be notified via email if a spot becomes available.

The Tribune is pleased to present a daylong symposium about major issues in health care policy in Texas. Topics of discussion will include the Affordable Care Act, women's health, cost containment and the impact of technological innovation on medicine.

8 - 8:30 AM: Complimentary breakfast

8:30 AM: Welcome by BILL POWERS, president of the University of Texas at Austin, and introduction by EVAN SMITH, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune

8:40 - 9:30 AM: Health Care and the 83rd Legislative Session
State Rep. GARNET COLEMAN, member of the House Public Health Committee, and state Rep. JOHN ZERWAS, member of the House Human Services Committee. Moderated by Evan Smith, CEO and editor in chief, The Texas Tribune.

9:45 - 10:45 AM: Texas and the Affordable Care Act
State Rep. GREG BONNEN, physician; ANNE DUNKELBERG, associate director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities; BILLY HAMILTON, consultant and former deputy comptroller of Texas; and JOHN DAVIDSON, health care policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Moderated by Becca Aaronson, reporter, The Texas Tribune.

11 AM - Noon: Is Cost Containment Possible?
DAN MCCOY, chief medical officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas; TOM SUEHS, former executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services; MICHELLE BERGER, president of the Travis County Medical Society; and JESUS GARZA, president and CEO of the Seton Healthcare Family. Moderated by Dr. David Warner, Professor of Public Affairs and Wilbur J. Cohen Professor in Health and Social Policy. 

Noon - 12:30 PM: Break and complimentary lunch

12:30 - 1:30 PM: A Conversation With the Commissioner 
A sit-down with Evan Smith and KYLE JANEK, executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services

1:45 - 2:45 PM: Technology and Innovation in Medicine
BRETT GIROIR, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives for the Texas A&M University System; NORA BELCHER, executive director of the Texas e-Health Alliance; CHAD SHEPLER, director of partnerships for DocbookMD; and JOHN MASON, chief information officer of St. David's HealthCare. Moderated by Emily Ramshaw, editor, The Texas Tribune.

3 – 4 PM: The State of Women’s Health
State Rep. BRYAN HUGHES; state Rep. SARAH DAVIS, member of the House Public Health Committee; JOSEPH POTTER, professor of sociology and faculty research associate for the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin; and AMY HAGSTROM MILLER, founder, president and CEO of Whole Woman's Health. Moderated by Emily Ramshaw, editor, The Texas Tribune.

4 PM: Program concludes

The Tribune Festival's On the Road symposium series is hosted by universities across the state. This event is presented in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs. Complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to attendees.

CapMetro buses 10, 37 and 641 stop near the LBJ School, or parking is available in the Manor Garage located at 2017 Robert Dedman Dr. Map and rate information available here. Parking is not included in event registration.

Disclosure: though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite our events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.