Transforming States' Health and Human Services Programs While Implementing the ACA

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013
Noon– 1:30 p.m.
Transforming States' Health and Human Services
Programs While Implementing the ACA
Stacy Dean
Vice President, Food Assistance Policy, Center on Budget and
Policy Priorities
As vice president for food assistance policy, Stacy Dean works extensively with program administrators,
policymakers, and nonprofit organizations to improve SNAP and provide eligible low-income families easier
access to its benefits. She focuses on nutrition programs, immigrant issues, the federal budget, and cross
program integration. Before joining the Center, Dean was a budget analyst at the Office of Management and
Budget, where she worked on policy development, regulatory and legislative review, and budgetary process and
execution for a wide variety of income support programs. In 1999, she spent seven months in the United
Kingdom as an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy, examining the integration of benefit and tax policy for low-wage
John Eller
Director, Catawba County Social Services (Hickory, N.C.)
John Eller works with a staff of 419 to serve a community of 154,181 citizens with an array of social and human
services, including child support enforcement, daycare, early childhood intervention, child protective services,
and adoptions. An accredited Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency provides family and children’s mental
health services, serves as community action agency, and provides a full array of adult services. Eller was the
recipient of the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2007, was appointed twice by the NC General
Assembly to serve on the NC Joint Study Commission on Aging from 2008-2010, and was awarded the National
Guardianship Association Outstanding Affiliate Member Award in 2010. He serves on the boards of the Catawba
County United Way, NC Association of County Directors of Social Services, Western Piedmont Workforce
Development Board of Directors, Catawba County Community Child Protection & Fatality Prevention Team CoChair, and Catawba County Partnership for Children/Smart Start Executive Board.
Olivia Golden
Institute fellow and Work Support project director, Urban Institute
Olivia Golden is an expert in child and family programs at the federal, state, and local levels, with a special
interest in the way services are delivered on the front lines. Golden first served as an Institute fellow from 2004
to early 2007, guiding its Assessing the New Federalism project, which tracked the federal government's transfer
of authority for health and social welfare programs to states. She later shepherded the project's transformation
into a research unit focusing on low-income working families. During 2007, she oversaw the management of all
state government agencies as New York's director of state operations. She returned to the Urban Institute in
January 2008. Between 2001 and 2004, she was director of the Child and Family Services Agency of the District
of Columbia, leading the agency out of federal court receivership. Previously, she served in two presidentially
appointed positions within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, first as commissioner for
children, youth, and families and then as assistant secretary for children and families. In these roles, she was
responsible for over 60 programs, including Head Start, Early Head Start, child care, and child abuse and neglect.
Her book, Reforming Child Welfare, offers insight on improving outcomes for imperiled children and families.
Anthony Keck
Director, Health and Human Services, State of South Carolina
Anthony Keck is the Director of Health and Human Services for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. He has
more than twenty-four years of experience in health care management, consulting, policy and academics in the
United States and Latin America. Previously, Keck served for three years in the administration of Louisiana
Governor Bobby Jindal as health and social services policy advisor to the governor and chief of staff and deputy
secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals. In the private sector, he was a consultant for
Johnson & Johnson, director of management engineering at Ochsner Clinic New Orleans, and administrator of
St. Thomas Health Services, a community clinic. He serves on the Board of the National Association of Medicaid
Directors, has an appointment at the Tulane University School of Medicine Department of Family and
Community Medicine, and was recently appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Governance and
Financing of Graduate Medical Education.
Michelle Saddler
Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services
As secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Michelle Saddler oversees Illinois’ largest and
most diverse state agency, which serves as many as two million people every day through its wide range of
services for low income families, persons with disabilities, and those needing assistance with issues of mental
illness and substance abuse. Michelle has a strong background in public policy, finance and advocacy. She
currently serves as co-chair of Protestants for the Common Good, an Illinois social justice organization.
Alice Weiss
Co-director, Maximizing Enrollment, National Academy for
State Health Policy
Alice Weiss is a program director at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and the co-director
of Maximizing Enrollment, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative that helps states increase enrollment
and retention of eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP and prepare enrollment and retention systems for health
reform implementation in 2014. She also provides direct technical assistance to states through the Ford
Foundation Work Supports Strategies initiative and other projects, serving as a subject matter expert on
implementation of eligibility systems. Weiss came to NASHP from the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, where she
served as health counsel for Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT). In that position, she provided leadership on issues
related to Medicaid, CHIP, and private health insurance coverage issues and was involved in drafting the
Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, Hurricane Katrina Emergency Health Assistance, the
Indian Health Care Improvement Act, and Medicaid Reform legislation. Previously, she was with the National
Partnership for Women & Families and the U.S. Department of Labor. Weiss has testified before Congress and
other federal and state advisory committees, and served as a consumer representative before the National
Association of Insurance Commissioners.