Health Care Access & Coverage

Reimagining a Sustainable Health Care Safety Net

A Conversation with Paula Chatterjee, MD, MPH, Dave Chokshi, MD, Carladenise Edwards, PhD, and Dora Hughes, MD, MPH, moderated by Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. ET December 2, 2022 Virtual Event

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to greatly enhance the nation’s safety net by expanding health coverage. It partially succeeded but fell short as 12 states still decline to expand Medicaid, a key facet of the law. The pandemic laid bare more gaps in the safety net, as hunger, unemployment and the toll from the disease rose. But it was also a time for experimentation that saw the rise of telehealth and other services. So how can the safety net be reimagined in this political moment? States continue to be a key source of innovation. Our panelists discussed how the safety net could be structured and better funded to deal better with the next health catastrophe.

Supported by the Charles C. Leighton, MD Memorial Lecture Fund. 


Paula Chatterjee

Paula Chatterjee, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Dave Chokshi

Dave Chokshi, MD

Clinical Professor, Department of Population Health and Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Carladenise Edwards, PhD

Former Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Henry Ford Health System

Dora Hughes, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer, CMS Innovation Center, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD (moderator)

Executive Director, Penn LDI; Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management and Economics, Wharton School; Professor, Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine