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2019 Policy Summit & Hill Day

October 15, 2019 to October 16, 2019

Liaison Washington Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Featured Session

Pass Protection: I/DD Providers Offensive Strategy for Elections 2020

Tuesday, October 15, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

With candidates' campaigns for the 2020 General Election in full swing, providers must play a critical role in ensuring candidates are well-informed about I/DD services, and what's necessary to protect these critical supports. This panel discussion will center around strategies on how to level the playing field and ensure voices from the disability community — along with our workforce and allies — are featured prominently in candidate platforms.

To help get us there, two incredible experts will guide a panel on how providers and others in and around the disability community can weigh-in with presidential and congressional candidates.

Julia Bascom, Executive Director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Stephanie Patrick, Executive Director of New Hampshire Disability Rights Center

Stephanie Patrick, Executive Director of New Hampshire Disability Rights Center, will delve into surveys and videos that were completed by the majority of presidential candidates about their stances on disability issues (also find out which candidate mentioned ANCOR's annual DSP Resolution and DSP SOC). Stephanie will be joined by Julia Bascom, a leading advocate for people with disabilities and Executive Director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). Julia will share details of her involvement in developing the disability position of a major party platform.

Join this session to hear more about where the candidates stand and how providers can get involved in this important upcoming election!

Game of Phones: Technology is Coming . . . to HCBS

Tuesday, October 15, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Providers have known about electronic visit verification (EVV) regulations for quite some time, and the January 2020 implementation deadline is right around the corner. For providers of all shapes and sizes, preparing for implementation is critical, especially in light of the great deal of uncertainty about the regulation that still remains.

There's no better place to gain an understanding of all things EVV — and what you can do to avoid penalties — than this session at the 2019 Policy Summit & Hill Day.

How are states managing the compliance requirements? What states have applied for good faith delays? What are the major challenges to vendors? What is concerning the disability community the most? Get the answers to these questions, the backstory that led to EVV regulations in the first place and more from a fantastic panel, which will include:

  • Dan Berland, Director of Federal Policy, NASDDDS
  • Josh Auer, Direct Care Innovations
  • Sarah Meek, Director of Legislative Affairs, ANCOR

ANCOR has taken the lead on all things EVV, including the legislation to delay implementation, so join us for this important session as we get to the bottom of core questions impacting every state.

The Next Frontier: Changing the Rules of Medicaid, with Keynoter Josh Trent

Tuesday, October 15, 1:15-2:00 pm

Josh Trent, Principal, Leavitt PartnersIf you had the chance to talk to the person who wrote the legislation on new electronic visit verification (EVV) requirements, what would you ask? What about if you could talk to the person that worked on per capita cap models during the heated health care debates in 2017?

Well, wonder no more, because this isn't a hypothetical scenario: Josh Trent, a major Medicaid gamechanger on Capitol Hill who, among other initiatives, led the development of EVV legislation and per capita cap proposals, will be keynoting the 2019 Policy Summit and Hill Day!

In addition to serving as Chief Health Counsel for Chairman Greg Walden of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Trent spent nearly five years as a health care policy advisor for U.S. Senator Tom Coburn [R-OK] and served in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel under the Bush Administration. Now, as a principal with a major health care lobbying firm, Trent is looking at new ways to think about federal health care policy, how to rethink the programs of today and what opportunities exist to create the Medicaid of tomorrow.

Do not miss Josh's session on the future of Medicaid — and the pivotal role he sees providers playing!

Final Play: A Visit from the House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus Leadership

Wednesday, October 16, 11-11:30 am

One of the biggest draws of the ANCOR's annual Policy Summit & Hill Day is the opportunity to hear directly from influential staff and lobbyists on Capitol Hill, as well as your elected officials who create the legislation that impacts your work. The Summit is your opportunity to gather the information necessary to have productive dialogue and build a working relationship with your representatives — and when you attend, Congress listens!

Round out your national disability advocacy strategy with the inside scoop from the Co-Chairs of the U.S. House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus. These leading Members of Congress will share the Caucus' goals for the year, their long-term vision for disability services, and how Republicans and Democrats plan to come together to achieve their common objectives.


The Honorable Jim Langevin [D-RI]  The Honorable Jim Langevin [D-RI], U.S. House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus


 The Honorable Don Young [R-AK]The Honorable Don Young [R-AK], U.S. House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus


Join us October 15 & 16 in Washington, DC and let's find out what we can accomplish together in 2019! And be sure to take advantage of early bird pricing by registering before August 31!

Gamechangers: ANCOR’s 2019 Policy Summit & Hill Day

Navigating the federal policy landscape surrounding the supports and services you deliver to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) can feel like a challenging game of politics and policy.

If it feels like the rules of the game are changing right before your eyes, you’re not wrong! With changes in rules and regulations, policies and personnel at every turn, it’s more important than ever that you can adapt to a rapidly changing set of rules to stay in the game.

Luckily, ANCOR has your playbook for changing the game in favor of providers and the individuals we support. Join us October 15-16 for our annual Policy Summit in Washington, DC! Just steps away from Capitol Hill, the Policy Summit is your opportunity to engage with federal leaders from Congress and the Trump Administration, as well as other national experts, to share insights and hear the latest about how to up your game and deliver the best outcomes for the people you serve.

With the 2020 elections just around the corner and new laws adding to the complexity of service delivery, ANCOR’s Policy Summit is your playbook for not only playing the game, but changing the game!

Special thank you to the sponsors of the 2019 Policy Summit & Hill Day

Centene CorporationDirect Care Innovations






Standard Rates (on or after September 1):

  • ANCOR member: $550
  • Non-member: $685

Unlock Our Best-Available Rates by Registering by August 31:

  • ANCOR member: $475
  • Non-member: $625
Pre-registration is now closed.  Please join us on Tuesday and register onsite. We look forward to seeing you!


Cancellations are subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after September 30, 2019. There is no charge for substitutions.


Contact us.

Liaison Washington Capitol HillHotel Information

Liaison Washington Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001 

Location, location, location! Once again, ANCOR is gathering in the heart of Capitol Hill, with easy access to the Capitol and your elected officials. Our venue is the perfect location for this year's Summit; the Liaison offers modern décor, a playful DC-inspired art collection, contemporary comfort and an award-winning restaurant.

ANCOR has a block of rooms at a discounted rate is $289 per room per night plus tax for single or double occupancy. To take advantage of this deeply discounted rate, call 888.214.7555 and mention ANCOR's 2019 Policy Summit & Hill Day or book online by clicking here.

Note: If you have questions or issues booking, contact Jerri McCandless at [email protected] or 703.535.7850, ext. 107.

Deadline for making reservations under the ANCOR room block is September 21! The room block is selling fast, and may sell out prior to that date, so book your stays NOW!

Travel Information

Getting to Washington, DC

The closest airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which we recommend flying into since it’s only five miles from the Summit venue and easily accessible by taxi, rideshare service (e.g., Lyft or Uber) or public transit (i.e., Metrorail Yellow or Blue lines).

Other area airports include Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), which is about 30 miles from the Summit venue, and Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI), which is about 35 miles from the Summit venue.

For those located in East Coast cities served by Amtrak, you may find traveling by train to be the most efficient and affordable option. Amtrak serves Washington’s Union Station, which is approximately a ten-minute walk from the Summit venue. See walking directions from Union Station below.

Getting Around Washington, DC

If you fly into Washington National Airport, a taxi to the Liaison Washington Capitol Hill costs approximately $25. Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are also available, and the cost of these options depends on level of service and time of day.

Super Shuttle is also an option for participants coming from any of the area airports. Super Shuttle offers a shared ride, during which you might make multiple stops. Super Shuttle service from Washington National Airport (DCA) costs about $19 each way. To book, find a Super Shuttle representative located near airport baggage claim, or download the Super Shuttle Mobile App.

Metrorail, the D.C. area’s subway system, is a convenient option for travelers flying into Washington National Airport. From the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station, take the Blue Line heading in the direction of Largo Town Center and transfer to the Red Line at Metro Center Station. Alternatively, you can also take the Yellow Line train in the direction of Mt. Vernon Square / 7th Street / Convention Center and transfer to the Red Line at Gallery Place/Chinatown Station. Take the Red Line heading in the direction of Glenmont or Silver Spring and get off at Union Station. From there, the Summit venue is less than a 10 minute walk away.

As any Washingtonian will tell you, you should check Metro’s operating status before deciding to use this option. The system tends to be efficient and reliable, but track work or other delays can make for a long trip.

Walking Directions from Union Station

From the front entrance of Union Station, E Street NE will be across Columbus Circle and to your right. Cross over Columbus Circle onto E Street. Walk two blocks, and turn left on New Jersey Avenue; the Liaison will be on your left. This will be approximately a ten-minute walk.

Schedule subject to change


Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:30am – 8:30am

Gamechangers Welcome Plenary: The Current State of Play in the Trump Administration
8:30am – 10:00am

ANCOR leadership and key partners set the stage and kick-off the Summit with remarks from lead officials making decisions about Medicaid services for our nation. Top-ranking officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will discuss top priorities in the Trump Administration, along with what providers can expect as they draft their playbook for keeping up in a constantly evolving game.


  • Melissa Harris, Acting Deputy Director, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group (DEHPG), Center for Medicaid and CHIPS Services (CMCS)
  • Ralph Lollar, Director of the Division Long Term Services and Supports, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group (DEHPG), Center for Medicaid and CHIPS Services (CMCS)

Power Play: The Influencers from Capitol Hill
10:00am – 11:00am

Inform your strategy on Medicaid, workforce and disability policy with this off-the-record panel discussion by staffers from key congressional offices and congressional committees that are leading the charge on disability-related issues on Capitol Hill. Panelists will discuss likely wins for the I/DD space, priorities for the remainder of the 116th Congress, opportunities for collaboration, and their perspectives on pressing issues facing disability providers.


  • Anne Dwyer, Sr. Health Counsel, U.S. Senate Finance Committee
  • Caleb Graff, Professional Staff Health Sub-Committee, U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Rick Van Buren, Health Counsel, U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Avoid the Sack! Providers Getting Ahead of Integrated Care
11:00am – 11:45am

I/DD service providers need to know the rules and effective strategies to compete as states implement various integrated care and alternate payments models across the country.  Hear from an agency that participated in a three-year project designed to enhance agency business acumen to navigate the emerging landscape.  Attendees will also hear from an MCO about strategies for effective partnership and recommendations to ensure future success in integrated care.


  • Shannon Mackenzie, Clinical Operations Consultant, Simply Connect Care Management
  • Kris Kubnick, Chief Member Experience Officer, Inclusa Inc.

11:45am – 12:00pm

Lunch Plenary: Honoring the Gamechangers
12:00pm – 1:00pm

During lunch, we will honor some leading players in the disability supports field, including this year’s recipients of ANCOR’s Congressional Champion Award and recipients of the Suellen Galbraith Policy Awards.


  • The Honorable Debbie Dingell (D-MI), U.S. House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Rob Portman (R-OH), U.S. Senate
  • Kristen Farry, Director of Policy and Government Relations, Woods Services
  • Stan Soby, Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs, Oak Hill

1:00pm – 1:15pm

The Next Frontier: Changing the Rules of Medicaid
1:15pm – 2:00pm

When it comes to Congressional staffers, Josh Trent is one of the most recognizable names that has served on Capitol Hill. While Chief Health Counsel for Chairman Greg Walden of the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U.S. House of Representatives, Trent focused on Medicaid policies including per capita cap model changes and the electronic visit verification legislation of the 21st Century Cures Act.  Trent also spent nearly five years as a health care policy advisory for U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and served in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel under the Bush Administration. Now as a principal with major healthcare lobbying firm Leavitt Partners, Trent is looking at new ways to think about federal policy in the private sector, how to rethink the programs of today and what opportunities exist in the modernization of the Medicaid field.


  • Josh Trent, Principal, Leavitt Partners

ANCOR Town Hall: What's YOUR Team Strategy?
2:00pm – 3:00pm

The key to success is teamwork, and one of the best aspects of being a part of ANCOR is the fellowship of disability service providers. Strengthen your advocacy strategy with insight and lessons learned from colleagues from your state and region who share your top priorities.

Dessert with Sponsors
3:00pm – 3:30pm

Breakout Sessions
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Session 1: Pass Protection: I/DD Providers' Offense Strategy for Elections 2020  With 2020 General Elections campaigning in full swing, providers must play a critical role in ensuring the candidates are well-informed about I/DD services to protect these critical supports. Join this panel as they discuss strategies on how to level the playing field and ensure voices from the disability community, its workforce, and its allies, are prominent in the election discussions.


  • Stephanie Patrick, Executive Director, Disability Rights Center New Hampshire
  • Julia Bascom, Executive Director, ASAN

Session 2: Game of Phones: Technology is Coming . . . to HCBS  Compliance with Electronic Visit Verification — one of the biggest changes in disability service provision since the 2014 HCBS Settings Rule — is set to begin January 2020. Join a diverse group of stakeholders as they share challenges, insights, and opportunities as this requirement goes into effect nationwide.


  • Dan Berland, Director of Federal Policy, NASDDDS
  • Kelly Buckland, Executive Director, NCIL
  • Josh Auer, DCI

4:30pm – 4:45pm

Level Up! Take Direct Services to the Next Level with the ABLE Act
4:45pm – 5:45pm

One of the most significant barriers for people with disabilities to live independently are asset tests, which limit the amount a person can save before becoming ineligible for federal programs such as Medicaid. The introduction of ABLE Accounts in 2014 was a game-changer, but to date, only a limited amount of ABLE Accounts have been opened. During this session, experts will discuss opportunities that provider organizations haven’t yet fully leveraged to meet funding needs for respite, employment, and other support services of the people they support. Participants will walk away from this session with an understanding of the latest rules, as well as strategies for helping people with disabilities maximize this new resource.


  • Bette Ann Mobley, Director, Maryland ABLE
  • Michael Morris, J.D., Executive Director, National Disability Institute

ANCOR Disability Champions PAC Event Participants Depart for Guide Consulting
4:45pm (event begins promptly at 5 pm)
Event requires pre-registration and space is extremely limited. Contact Doris Parfaite-Claude ([email protected]) for more information.


Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 9:00am

Hill Day Pregame & Final Details
9:00am – 9:45am

During this Hill Visit prep session, ANCOR’s lobbyists and members of ANCOR’s Government Relations team will walk you through everything you need to know to make your Hill Visits successful. Participants will walk away with a clear sense of what to expect in conversations with elected officials, how to conduct the afternoon’s Hill Visits and how to “make the ask” for sensible public policies that move the ball down the field for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


  • Al Guida, President and CEO, Guide Consulting Services
  • Sarah Corcoran, Senior Director of Governmant Relations, Guide Consulting Services
  • Shirley Walker, President Emeritus, PAR
  • Sarah Meek, ANCOR
  • Doris Parfaite-Claude, ANCOR

Elevate Your Game: Make Your Issue Matter
9:45am – 10:45am

The precedent set in the 1985 Supreme Court decision in the City of Cleburne, Texas v. Cleburne Living Center, Inc. case was a gamechanger at a time when group homes were a radical new idea in service provision for people with disabilities.  In this session, providers and experts will share insights about how strategies used in this landmark case can be applied to battle opposition and discrimination as our I/DD community forges ahead with innovative approaches to demand more inclusive communities for people of all abilities.


  • Michael Allen, Partner, Relman Dane & Colfax
  • Angela King, President and CEO, Volunteers of America Texas

Final Play: A Visit from the House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus Leadership
11:00am – 11:30am

Round out your national disability advocacy strategy with the inside scoop from the Co-Chairs of the U.S. House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus. These leading Members of Congress will share the Caucus’ goals for the year, their long-term vision for disability services, and how Republicans and Democrats plan to come together to achieve their common objectives.


  • The Honorable Jim Langevin (D-RI), U.S. House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus
  • The Honorable Don Young (R-AK), U.S. House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus

Capitol Hill Visits
12:00pm – 5:00pm


Bonus! A Capitol Hill Briefing on HCBS as a Gamechanger for Your State
10:00am - 11:00am
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Hear from Congressional staff on why this is an ideal time to improve home and community-based services (HCBS) infrastructure and access for populations with significant unmet needs. Staff representing Congressional disability champions will lay out their plan to help states shift away from heavy reliance on institutional models as well as ways to leverage Medicaid information technology systems to focus on outcomes and individual experience of care. They will discuss legislation to accomplish these objectives by improving upon the successful bipartisan Balancing Incentive Program (BIP), a five-year infrastructure grant program that impacted HCBS systems from 2011-2015. Join ANCOR on Capitol Hill on Thursday, October 17th at 10:00AM for this discussion. 

This event is hosted by the Office of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12).

To attend, RSVP by October 15, 2019: Registration Link for ANCOR Congressional Briefing on HCBS Infrastructure Act

Michael Allen is a Partner at Relman, Dane & Colfax. Michael joined the firm in 2006. His civil rights litigation practice focuses on the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and related civil rights laws, with an emphasis on dismantling barriers to integration on the basis of disability and of race. Prior to joining Relman, Dane & Colfax, Michael was senior staff attorney at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law where he focused on civil rights policy development and litigation involving people with psychiatric disabilities and an attorney with Legal Services of Northern Virginia representing low-income clients in housing litigation and policy advocacy. 

Josh (“J”) Auer, MBA, is the CEO of Acumen Inc. and Direct Care Innovations. J has supported individuals with disabilities for over 22 years of leadership in Medicaid organizations. J has significant experience running disability services companies and is a thought-leader in the Fiscal/Employment Agent (F/EA) industry. J provides Medicaid, Medicare, and Managed Care expertise for designing state-of-the-art services, systems, and technologies for the F/EA industry.

Julia Bascom serves as Executive Director at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). Previously, she did state-level work in her home state of New Hampshire, where she served on the DD council and co-led an inter-agency team to revitalize self-advocacy within the state. Julia edited Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking, an anthology of writings by autistic people, and currently serves on the Centene National Disability Advisory Council, the advisory board of Felicity House, and the boards of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and Allies For Independence.

Dan Berland is the Director of Federal Policy at NASDDDS. In this role, he crafts the federal policy strategy of the association and pursues the interests of state developmental disability agencies on Capitol Hill and the executive branch of the federal government. Dan engages with federal legislators and executive branch policy-makers, represents the association within the federal policy arena, and publishes reports and analyses of federal statutory and regulatory changes. In his 17 years with the association, Dan has played a key role in NASDDDS activity around Medicaid HCBS and ICF/IDD policy.

Kelly Buckland, Executive Director for the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), is a person with a disability who has been actively involved in disability issues since 1979.  Kelly started his career as an employee for Idaho’s Protection and Advocacy system.  He served for over twenty years as the Executive Director of the Boise CIL, Living Independence Network Corp. and the Idaho State Independent Living Council.  He has served on the Idaho Developmental Disabilities Council, the State Employment and Training Council, and the State Help America Vote Act Steering Committee.  He has worked on issues affecting people with disabilities, including passage of the Personal Assistance Services Act and the Fathers and Mothers Independently Living with their Youth (FAMILY) Child Custody Laws.

Sarah Corcoran is Guide Consulting Services’ Senior Director of Government Relations, bringing over five years of experience working with federal agencies such as DHS, HHS, and DOJ.  Sarah leads all public affairs operations, Congressional Briefings, Capitol Hill Fly-in Day logistics, grassroots outreach and social media strategy for clients.  Sarah manages GCS operations and staff, and provides legislative research and analysis, strategic planning, and regulatory drafting for her clients. Sarah received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, United States History and Sociology from Arizona State University, and attended law school at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Anne Dwyer, JD, MPH, serves as Senior Health Counsel for the United States Senate Finance Committee under Ranking Member Ron Wyden. As Senior Health Counsel, her portfolio includes Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, women’s health, mental and behavioral health, and prevention. Prior to joining the committee as professional staff, Ms. Dwyer was a David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow. Before arriving in Washington, D.C., she spent time with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Minnesota Disability Law Center, and the State of Wisconsin. As a Midwest native, Ms. Dwyer received a JD with a concentration in health law and bioethics from the University of Minnesota Law School, MPH in Public Health Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and BA from the University of Wisconsin.

Caleb Graff is currently Professional Staff for Energy & Commerce. He handles Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare Advantage, and 340B. He has been with the Committee for three years. Before that, he spent a year with the House Budget Committee and before that a year and a half with Speaker Boehner. Caleb has a Masters from Claremont Graduate University in American Politics and Public Policy and received his undergraduate degree from Bethel University in St. Paul Minnesota.

Alfonso Guida Jr., J.D. is President and CEO of Guide Consulting Services. With more than three decades of experience in health public policy and government relations, he is adept at advancing legislation and public policy, and impacting government and regulatory issues. Most notably, Al secured $15 million funding for Mental Health First Aid and the 2014 inclusion of the Excellence in Mental Health Act during a period when few mental health legislations were passed. Before starting Guide Consulting Services, Al served as the Executive Director of the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign (NMHAC). He also previously served as Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy at the National Mental Health Association (now called Mental Health America).

Melissa Harris has been with CMS since 1995, and is currently the Acting Deputy Director for the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group (DEHPG). Prior to this role, Melissa was a Senior Policy Advisor in DEHPG, developing and implementing a myriad of policies advancing home and community-based services as an alternative to institutional placement. Before joining the Office of the Group Director, she was the Director of the Division of Benefits and Coverage from 2012 to 2015, in which she was responsible for overseeing implementation of most Medicaid benefits, including benefits provided to individuals in the Medicaid expansion population, and the establishment of national benefit policy.

Angela King, MSSW is President and CEO of Volunteers of America Texas. Previously she held the position of Senior Vice President and Aging Services for Volunteers of America, the affiliate’s national office, where she had the opportunity to see programs all around the country that offer services to people who are aging.  Her experience includes program management of a wide variety of social services including residential and in-home supports, treatment programs, independent living, medical coordination and other supports. Working in aging and disability services has made her an expert in Medicaid, Medicare and healthcare policy. Angela is also a co-author of several articles related to best practices for end of life care for people with intellectual disabilities.  Angela King is immediate past president of the ANCOR Board of Directors.

Kris Kubnick, CSW, MPA serves as the Chief Member Experience Officer for Inclusa Inc.  Inclusa is the largest Managed Care Organizations in Wisconsin that supports the lives of elders and adults with intellectual or physical disabilities through the State of Wisconsin’s Family Care program. Mr. Kubnick has held a variety of leadership roles in Wisconsin’s Long-term Care system over the last decade. His experience as a multi-disciplinary leader at Inclusa has provided him with a unique perspective on managed long-term care, and led to the development of nationally recognized innovations in the managed care industry. Kubnick holds a Sociology degree from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, a Masters degree In Public Administration with an concentration on Health Care Agencies from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and is a Certified in the state of Wisconsin as a Social Worker.

Ralph Lollar is the Director of the Division Long Term Services and Supports, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at CMS. Ralph worked for more than 30 years for the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (NJDDD). In his role as administrator for the NJDDD, Medicaid/Waiver Unit, Mr. Lollar had significant involvement in services for seniors and people with disabilities through a Medicaid State Plan service delivery system in both a Managed Care and Fee for Service Model. Ralph's work included close involvement with the Money Follows the Person demonstration project. He worked with fellow waiver administrators in the management of a bi-monthly New Jersey HCBS Committee to ensure statewide coordination of all five 1915(c) HCBS waiver programs. He has a master's degree in social work from Rutgers University and is a Certified Public Manager.

Shannon MacKenzie is the Clinical Operations Consultant for Simply Connect Care Management technology. She has a foundation of 15 years in health and human services, a core team on the NASUAD Business Development Learning Collaborative, an advisor and steering committee member of the Altair Accountable Care Organizations and was the Principal Behavioral Health Consultant for Data Across Sectors of Health (DASH) grant through the Robert-Wood Johnson Foundation. Shannon is passionate about developing alternative payment models and assisting organizations in finding creative solutions to weather an ever-changing landscape.

Bette Ann Mobley has worked with state and national organizations in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 35 years. She has served in many leadership roles supporting people with disabilities through advocacy, developing and implementing quality systems, and providing consultation to organizations that provide supports and services.  As Director of the ABLE program in Maryland, through her work with in Maryland and with the NAST ABLE sub committees, she is excited to be a part of the continued development and implementation of this new opportunity for people with disabilities and their families.

Michael Morris, JD, is the founder and Executive Director of the National Disability Institute. He is a former legal counsel to the US Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy and is a key architect of the ABLE Act. He serves as a subject matter expert on financial inclusion and poverty reduction concerning youth and young adults with disabilities to the FDIC, IRS, National Council on Disability, US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services and multiple state ABLE programs. He was the first Kennedy Foundation Public Policy Fellow and worked in the office of Senator Lowell Weicker (CT).

Stephanie Patrick is the Executive Director of Disability Rights Center - New Hampshire, the state's protection and advocacy agency which advocates for the legal rights of people with disabilities across the state. She was formerly the Director of Policy and Planning at the Advocacy Center, DRC-NH’s sister agency in Louisiana, where she worked on legislative advocacy, coalition building and programmatic compliance.  She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003 with a Master’s of Social Work and also holds an undergraduate degree in social work from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Josh Trent is a principal with the firm Leavitt Partners where he advises healthcare sector clients on federal health care policy and strategy. He specializes in public insurance under Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), private health insurance, the 340B program, the Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Josh most recently served as Chief Health Counsel for Chairman Greg Walden of the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U.S. House of Representatives playing a key role in the passage of bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis. During his previous tenure as Deputy Chief Health Counsel for Chairman Walden, he helped secure historic funding extension for CHIP; led the development of policies improving Medicaid; helped develop policies strengthening Medicare Advantage and CHIP; led the Committee’s efforts on the 340B drug discount program; and helped develop The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 and the 21st Century Cures Act.

Rick Van Buren is a Health Counsel focusing on Medicaid and CHIP with the majority staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Prior to joining the Committee, he was a senior analyst at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission where he focused on policies relating to the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program and Medicaid Managed Care.  He also previously served in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Legislation and as Legislative Counsel for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.  He is a graduate of Georgetown Law and the University of Pittsburgh.