Health Policy Institute | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Health Policy Institute | School of Law | SIU

Health Policy Institute

Since 1999, SIU's School of Law, School of Medicine, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and Southern Illinois Healthcare have sponsored the annual Health Policy Institute. Attendees hear presentations from national experts and discuss current regulatory and public policy issues in health care.

SIU law students who are interested in health law and policy attend and assist with the Institute each year.

Eighteenth Annual
Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute

"Obamacare After Obama: The Future of U.S. Health Care at a Crossroads"

May 19, 2017

CLE/CME/CNE Hours: 5.25

Location: Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation - Springfield, IL (videocast to SIU School of Law in Carbondale and ISBA Chicago Office)

co-sponsored by Southern Illinois Healthcare, Chicago Medical Society, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and SIU School of Medicine. 

Breakfast sponsor - Meyer Capel  |  Lunch sponsor - Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard, PC

This program is supported by funds from the First Health Medical Provider Class represented by SL Chapman LLC.


A critical focus of national policy discussion both going into and coming out of the presidential election has been the future of health care reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – popularly known as Obamacare. Six years after the passage of the ACA, physicians and other health providers, as well as insurers, and employers, have all invested in substantial changes as the ACA has been implemented.With the November election, the Republican Party took control of Congress and the White House. As anticipated, the Republicans soon introduced their replacement plan for the ACA, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Initially, after encountering sharp divisions in Congress, the AHCA was withdrawn from consideration. Then on May 4, the House narrowly approved a revised AHCA. How  the Senate will change this bill remains to be seen. And so, the debate about repeal and replacement continues and grows more complex and intense.

Just as the ACA dramatically impacted physicians, whatever may follow it will likely further disrupt health care providers and their patients in numerous ways. To that end, the 2017 Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH)/Southern Illinois University (SIU) Health Policy Institute aims to bring together a panoply of speakers form multiple sectors and a range of viewpoints to explore the issues in a way that goes beyond the strongly held political positions that have captured the media attention.


News Release

Illinois Times article


The Challenges of Budgets and Health Care

G. WILLIAM HOAGLAND, Senior Vice-President, Bipartisan Policy Center

How ACA implementation and reform under President Trump will affect health care providers, health insurers, and other healthcare organizations

JEREMY EARL, JD, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The Purchaser’s View of Health Benefit Directions

LARRY BORESS, President and CEO, Midwest Business Group on Health

The Future of Medicaid

LEIGHTON KU, PhD, MPH, Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for Health Policy Research at George Washington University

State Medicaid Transformation Using Section 1115 Waivers: Implications for Physicians, Providers, Hospitals, and Medicaid Enrollees

DANIEL DERKSEN, MD, Chair and Director of the Arizona Center for Rural Health, and Professor and Chair of the Community, Environment and Policy Department, The University of Arizona

What’s the Current Status of the ACA: While Illinois Grapples With a Budget Crisis

LINDA BAKER, Ph.D., Professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, SIU

The Future of Women’s Health Coverage

DANIA PALANKER, JD, MPP, Assistant Research Professor, Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University

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