Former Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services
International House Auditorium — 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley
About The Lecture In her candid presentation, Kathleen Sebelius will offer valuable insights into the healthcare reform debate and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Specifics will include health insurance exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid and the significance of moving … ContinuedInternational House Auditorium - 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley Berkeley Graduate Lectures firstname.lastname@example.org false MM/DD/YYYY
About The Lecture
In her candid presentation, Kathleen Sebelius will offer valuable insights into the healthcare reform debate and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Specifics will include health insurance exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid and the significance of moving from fee-based to an outcomes- and value-based payment system. Sebelius will also discuss where she thinks healthcare in the U.S. is headed and what the system will look like in the next ten years.
About Kathleen Sebelius
From 2009 to 2014, Kathleen Sebelius served in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, where she oversaw a trillion-dollar budget and nearly 90,000 employees. From 2003 to 2009, she served as Governor of Kansas, where she was named one of America’s Top Five Governors by TIME magazine. Previously, she had served for eight years as the elected Insurance Commissioner of Kansas, and for four terms as a member of the Kansas Legislature. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Forbes named Sebelius one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
Throughout her career, Sebelius has been a leader in early childhood initiatives, women’s health, tobacco control, and mental health parity. As secretary, she led national efforts to close health disparities for minority and marginalized populations, and to deliver services to the nation’s most vulnerable groups, including Americans living with disabilities, seniors, children, First Americans, LGBT Americans, and refugees. On the international stage, Sebelius has worked toward global health security and the prevention of chronic diseases, HIV/AIDS, and polio.
As Health and Human Services Secretary, Sebelius led President Obama’s charge for the passage of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), the most significant health reform in half a century. After the bill became law in 2010, she led implementation efforts, which included a Patient’s Bill of Rights for already-insured Americans, a multi-sector effort focusing on disease prevention, the strengthening of Medicare by adding benefits and lowering costs, expansion of CHIP and Medicaid, and the creation of a new national Health Insurance Marketplace, which enrolled 8 million consumers in 2014.