SPR Health Forum: Navigating Obamacare

Spokane Public Radio and CityCable 5 presented “Navigating ObamaCare,” a free health forum on April 22 from 6:30-8:30 in the Spokane City Hall Council Chambers. Doug Nadvornick moderated a panel of experts who discussed the changes that the Affordable Care Act has brought in the last six months.

The forum is rebroadcast on the following stations:
KPBX 91.1: Tuesday, Apr. 29 at 12 p.m.; Thursday, May 1 at 6 p.m.
KSFC 91.9: Sunday, Apr. 27 at noon; Tuesday, Apr. 29 at 10 p.m.;
Thursday, May 1 at 11a.m.
City Cable 5: Saturday, May 3 at 9 p.m.; Sunday, May 4 at
11 a.m.; Tuesday, May 6 at noon; Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, May 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 24 at 9 p.m.
Moderator and former SPR News Director Doug Nadvornick currently serves as the Health Sciences Communications Coordinator at Washington State University. The panelists are various medical and government experts: Mike Kreidler, Washington State Insurance Commissioner; Dr. William Lockwood, medical director of Community Health Association of Spokane; Mary Anne Lindeblad, Washington State Medicaid Director; Kelly Stanford, Vice President of Market Development, East and Central Markets, with Group Health Cooperative; and Michael Marchand of the Washington State Benefit Health Exchange.

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The Panelists:

Dr. William Lockwood
Community Health Association of Spokane
Medical Director

Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS) is one of Washington’s 26 non-profit community health centers that provide access to all patients regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. CHAS currently operates 9 clinics within the Inland Northwest, serving over 46,000 patients.  Dr. William Lockwood joined Community Health Association of Spokane after over 20 years of emergency medicine work.  As Medical Director, he provides direction for health care provider teams and clinical guidelines, is actively involved patient-centered healthcare home integration, and provides regular patient care.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Physics from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, M.D. degree from the University of Michigan and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Wright State University School of Medicine. 

Mike Kreidler
Washington State
Insurance Commissioner
Mike Kreidler is Washington’s eighth insurance commissioner. A former member of Congress, he was first elected as insurance commissioner in 2000. He was re-elected to a fourth term in 2012. A doctor of optometry with a master's degree in public health, Kreidler practiced at Group Health Cooperative in Olympia for 20 years. He served as a member of the Northwest Power Planning Council and a regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserves with 20 years of service. He has earned a reputation both as a staunch advocate for consumer protection and as a fair and balanced regulator. He was honored in 2009 with the "Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award," presented by consumer advisors to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. From the boardroom of his local school district to the state Legislature and halls of Congress, Kreidler has represented Washingtonians for more than 30 years.

Michael Marchand
Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Director of Communications
Michael has over two decades of experience successfully delivering on policy, advocacy and communications goals, and is currently the Director of Communications for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. In this role he is responsible for the Exchange's strategic commitment to branding, marketing, advertising, public relations and public education, including oversight of the Exchange’s grant-based Navigator program.
Marchand has been at the forefront of national health reform and IT efforts, most recently overseeing communications and stakeholder engagement for the state’s successful Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program that has provided more than $100 million in federal payments to eligible professionals and hospitals. Prior to working with the state, Marchand served as a director with both Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services where he earned the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service related to advocacy and outreach. He also served as a deputy for Gov. Gary Locke of Washington providing guidance on numerous issues including healthcare.  Marchand received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Franklin & Marshall College.

MaryAnne Lindeblad, BSN, MPH
State Medicaid Director
Health Care Authority
State of Washington

MaryAnne Lindeblad brings a broad health care and administrative background to the top position in the Washington State Medicaid program. Lindeblad, a Registered Nurse, has been an active health care professional as well as a leader in many kinds of health care -- long-term care, behavioral health care, eldercare and services for people with disabilities. Prior to her appointment as State Medicaid Director, she served for two years as the Assistant Secretary for Aging and Disability Services Administration in the Department of Social and Health Services. Previously, she was Director of the Health Care Services Division of the Medicaid program.  Lindeblad held a variety of leadership positions over the years, including assistant administrator of the Public Employees Benefits Board. During the 1990s, Lindeblad also worked in the private sector, serving as director of operations for Unified Physicians of Washington.
In 2010, she was selected for the inaugural class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute, which annually trains the most promising Medicaid leaders in the nation. She is a member of the executive committee for the National Academy for State Health Policy, and chairs its Long Term and Chronic Care subcommittee. She also is on the board of the Olympia Free Clinic, a position she has held since 2010. Lindeblad holds a bachelor of science in nursing from Eastern Washington University and a master’s in public health from the University of Washington.

Kelly Stanford
Vice President of Market Development
East & Central Markets
Group Health Cooperative
Kelly Stanford is vice president of market development in the East and Central Markets for Group Health Cooperative, one of the nation’s largest consumer-governed health care systems. She is responsible for facilitating regional strategic decision making, articulating the organizational strategies, identifying shared goals of the delivery system and Health Plan Division, and aligning resources to hit those marks. She is also the president of Columbia Medical Associates (CMA), a group of Spokane physicians that Group Health acquired in 2011.  Prior to serving as president of CMA, Stanford held positions as chief executive officer, chief operating officer, and quality assurance director of the organization. In her early career, she worked in several quality improvement leadership positions within the field of health care.
Stanford graduated from Washington State University (WSU) Pullman with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She earned her master’s degree in health policy and administration from WSU Spokane in 1996.

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