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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
Senior Associate of Housing & Health Policy
[email protected]
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.

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

Co-Chairs

  • Diana BautistaLucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
  • Leah Cowan, Sutter Health

Healthcare Workplan

Increase Access, Improve Outcomes, & Reduce Cost

Priority:  Advocate for health care policies that increase access to care while improving outcomes and affordability within the system.

Staff Leads: Kathleen Wortham, Senior Associate, Health & Housing Policy

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Advocate for 1-2 legislative issues (bills) 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.
  • Host 1 roundtable discussion with an elected official or healthcare industry leader to provide a forum for discussing pertinent policy issues related to health care.

Mental & Behavioral Health

Priority:  Support policies and programs that destigmatize mental health conditions and improve accessibility and outcomes of mental health services.

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

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Advocate for 1-2 legislative issues (bills) 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.
  • Host 1 “Expert Forum” or tour during health committee meetings to help identify business and community health engagement opportunities.

Promote & Protect Innovative Healthcare Solutions

Priority:  Promote and protect policies which foster emerging innovations to advance health care.

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

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Advocate for 1-2 legislative issues (bills) 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.
  • Host 1 “Innovation Tour” with member companies to educate elected officials, legislative staff, and senior executives on policy issues and showcase cutting edge technologies.

Past Wins

Bringing Payment Parity to Telehealth Services

In 2019, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group supported AB 744 from Assemblymember Agiuar-Curry which requires reimbursement parity between a telehealth service “on the same basis and to the same extent” as an in-person health care visit. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group has a history of supporting telehealth legislation and supported AB 744 because our top priority is to increase access to health care across our state, particularly for our rural and underserved communities.

This bill helps to increase access to health care for our rural communities, but also engages our urban communities who may have a difficult time getting to doctor’s offices for appointments. The Leadership Group worked with a broad coalition to urge passage of the bill.

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.

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.


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


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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