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The Silicon Valley Leadership Group Health Policy Team and Committee focuses on influencing policies and programs that improve health outcomes and reduce overall healthcare costs for employers and employees in Silicon Valley. Specifically, the Health Policy Committee seeks to promote systemic reform that will increase efficiency, decrease the overall cost of health care, promote innovation in treatment and care, as well as promote wellness and prevention to reduce long-term costs and increase employee productivity.

Employers, along with the government, are the largest payers of health care costs and are critical stakeholders in the process of negotiating health care reform. The Leadership Group is working diligently with local, state and federal policy makers to ensure that the priorities of our employers are front and center as Federal Health Care Reform is implemented at the state level.


Our Team

 

 

 

Kat Wortham
Associate of Housing & Health Policy
kwortham@svlg.org
408.501.7854

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Health Policy Committee

About

The Health Policy Committee develops and supports policies and programs that improve health outcomes and reduce overall healthcare costs for employers and employees.

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Meetings

Meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. These meetings generally include:

  • Speaker presentations from government officials, non-profits, agencies, and advocates
  • Informative briefings about Leadership Group policy advocacy
  • Programmatic work
  • Community events
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Co-Chairs

  • Meghan Johnson, Blach Construction
  • Diana BautistaLucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
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Healthcare Workplan

Advance Health Care Policy

Staff Lead: Kathleen Wortham, Associate, Housing & Health Policy

Executive Champion: 

Priority: The top priority of the Health Committee for 2019 is to promote increased access, quality, affordability and cost-effectiveness within the health care system.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Advocate for 3-4 Health Care Law Reform & Implementation issues each year, including tracking and monitoring bills, letters of support, testifying, calls to legislators, meetings with key members and staff, and highlighted priorities for Sacramento/DC advocacy trips.
    • Possible Issues:
      • Stemming Rate Increases
      • Medi-Cal Funding, Access, & Reimbursement Rates
      • Repeal of the 40% Excise Tax on High Cost Health Insurance Plan (Cadillac Tax)
      • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fees
      • Public Charge & Medi-Cal Funding for Undocumented Immigrants
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Educate Policymakers

Staff Lead: Kathleen Wortham, Associate, Housing & Health Policy

Executive Champion:

Priority: The Health Committee is deeply interested in advocating on behalf of the various issues within health care where there is major regional, state, or national impact and the voice of the business community will have meaningful influence. In 2019, we will host three Roundtables combined with Tours to provide a forum for Leadership Group members and policy makers to discuss issues related to health care reform and initiate a plan for advancing shared policy goals.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Host three Roundtables combined with Tours of companies in the health care, health technology, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical spaces to educate Policymakers on the most pressing issues facing our current healthcare landscape.
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Past Wins

Ensuring Accessible and Affordable Health Care for Everyone

The Leadership Group promotes accessible and affordable healthcare for all including Medicaid Expansion and sustaining value-based benefit designs that cover preventative services and the 10 Essential Health Benefits.

In 2018, the Leadership Group was an influential voice in establishing an Advisory Panel on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage within the state budget- a critical step in crafting effective, sustainable policy that stabilizes the health care market and provides universal access to quality care.

In 2017, the Leadership Group also served as key business voice in support of a critical Medi-Cal provider reimbursement, advocating for a successful compromise resulting in allocation of up to $546 million from Prop. 56 Tobacco Tax revenue to safety net providers.

In 2016, the Health Policy team successfully advocated for a revamped Managed Care Organization tax package that preserved more than $1.1 billion for Medi-Cal.

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Promoting Prevention and Wellness

The Leadership Group is focused on helping employers start or improve wellness programs in order to promote health and well-being among employees. Each spring, the Leadership Group hosts a Workplace Wellness Workshop Conference.

In 2016, the Health Policy Team advocated for Prop. 56, a $2 per-pack tax on cigarettes to reduce the prevalence of smokers and fund prevention and treatment.

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Legislative Activity

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Health Policy team advocate for local, county, state and federal health policy legislation and ballot measures based on the decisions of its Health Committee, Working Council, and Board of Directors. Both bills and ballot measures are presented to these committees for discussion and voting.

2019 Legislation

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Events

2018 Health Cybersecurity Summit

When: July 20, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Citrix, 4988 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054

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2018 Workplace Wellness Symposium

When: April 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: SVB Financial Group, 3005 Tasman Dr, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Friday, April 20th, 2018 | SVB Financial Group | Santa Clara, CA | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  EVENT DESCRIPTION On April 20, 2018, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group hosted 100+ Human Resources/Benefits/Wellness professionals for a half day event featuring sessions…

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Keep current with our activity via Twitter! @SVLG_Health

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