Live Webcast on December 17: National Experts, Alabama and Virginia State Officials Highlight Successful ACA Enrollment Strategies

Washington, DC (December 16, 2013) – On Tuesday, December 17, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and the Urban Institute will co-host a briefing, Maximizing Enrollment Under the ACA, during which state officials and national experts will examine the building blocks of successful state enrollment strategies. The discussion will offer lessons for state and federal policymakers from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Maximizing Enrollment program and prior coverage expansions.


As January 1 approaches, policymakers and the public are increasingly focused on state and federal agency work to enroll the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act. Over the past four years, the Maximizing Enrollment program, directed by NASHP, has worked with eight states to transform their enrollment systems, policies and procedures for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and to prepare for the ACA’s enrollment requirements.  


The briefing will be held from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC. Panelists will spotlight state innovations that make enrollment faster, more efficient, and more effective, and will talk about expectations for participation levels under the ACA. The event will also be webcast and viewers can watch the event here.


Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Adviser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will moderate a panel that will include:

  • Lori Grubstein, Program Officer, Coverage Team, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Stan Dorn, Senior Fellow, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Alice Weiss, Co-Director, Maximizing Enrollment; Program Director, NASHP
  • Gretel Felton, Director, Technical Support Division, Alabama Medicaid Agency
  • Rebecca Mendoza, CHIP Director & Director of Maternal and Child Health Division, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

Registration is required to attend the event in person. No registration is needed to view the webcast. Follow the conversation on Twitter at: #ACA and @nashphealth.



The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is an independent academy of state health policymakers who are dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice. A non-profit and non-partisan organization, NASHP provides a forum for constructive work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health policy issues. For more information visit


The Urban Institute ( is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research and educational organization that examines the social, economic, and governance challenges facing the nation. It provides information, analyses, and perspectives to public and private decisionmakers to help them address these problems and strives to deepen citizens’ understanding of the issues and trade-offs that policymakers face.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.