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2017 CARE Act Summit

2017 CARE Act Summit in action.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this event. Check back here for the archived video coming soon. 

This summit celebrated the CARE Act’s many successes thus far, shared learnings and highlighted promising practices from the law’s implementation, and discussed potential next steps in research and advocacy. Invitees included AARP staff, the research community, family caregivers, health systems and hospitals, policymakers, managed care plans and other key stakeholders.

Presented by the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) and the State Advocacy and Strategy Integration (SASI) team. The livestream took place on November 8, 2017 from 8:30-12:40 PM EST and 2:10-5:00 PM EST. 

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Welcoming Remarks

Susan C. Reinhard, Senior Vice President, AARP Public Policy Institute



Reflections on the CARE Act

Elaine Ryan, Vice President, Government Affairs/State Advocacy & Strategy Integration




Nancy LeaMond, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer



Research Remarks

Susan C. Reinhard



Panel 1: “Cross-Cutting Look at the CARE Act”

Moderator: James McSpadden, Senior Legislative Representative, Government Affairs/State Advocacy & Strategy Integration, AARP


Dean William Holzemer, Dean and Distinguished Professor, Rutgers School of Nursing

Evelyn Liebman, Manager, Advocacy, AARP New Jersey

Neil Eicher, Vice President, Government Relations & Policy, New Jersey Hospital Association

Senator Joseph F. Vitale (invited), New Jersey Senate


10:35am Break



Introduction of Family Caregiver Instructional Videos

Rita B. Choula, Senior Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute



Panel 2: CARE Act Implementation

Moderator: Susan C. Reinhard

Lori Colineri, Chief Nursing Officer, Southern Region, RWJ Barnabas Health, New Brunswick, NJ

Kathleen Sullivan, Vice President, Post Acute Care Services, Dignity Health, Santa Maria, CA

Diana Mason, Consultant to AARP, Director of the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, George Washington University School of Nursing



Panel 3: In My Own Words – AARP State Volunteers

Moderator: Tim Summers, State Director, AARP Montana

Jean Caron, AARP Connecticut

Jane Marks, AARP West Virginia

Judy Bellome, AARP Kansas


12:40 – 2:00pm LUNCH



Panel 4: Many Faces of Caregiving

Moderator: Rita B. Choula

Aaron Tax, Director, Advocacy, SAGE

Jason Resendez, Executive Director, LatinosAgainstAlzheimer's Coalition UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

June Kao, Marketing Consultant, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP



Panel 5: Emerging Innovations in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports for Family Caregivers

Moderator: Wendy Fox-Grage

Barbara Edwards, Principal, Health Management Associates

Wendy Morriarty, Director, Clinical Operations & Transformation Government Programs, Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey

Patricia Packard, Vice President, Amerigroup (NJ)



Panel 6: Start Spreading the Word: Foundation and Hospital Public Outreach

Moderator: Ilene Henshaw, Director, Health and Family, Government Affairs/State Advocacy and Strategy Integration, AARP

Barry Gold, Associate State Director, Advocacy, AARP Nevada

John DiTomasso, Associate State Director, Advocacy, AARP Rhode Island

George Suttles, Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation



Closing Remarks

Elaine Ryan






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