Charles Kennedy, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, Accountable Care Solutions, Aetna
Todd McCracken, President, National Small Business Association
Neil Trautwein, Vice President, Employee Benefits Policy Council and Government Relations, National Retail Federation
Steve Zaleznick, Executive Director for Consumer Strategy and Development, HealthPocket
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Maggie Fox is a senior writer on health issues for both NBCNews.com and Today.com. She previously was the managing editor of healthcare and technology at National Journal, where she managed two teams of specialist journalists, moderated panels at live events, and wrote breaking news, analysis, and columns for the magazine, website, and National Journal Daily. Before joining National Journal, Ms. Fox was the global health and science editor for Reuters, where she established an award-winning and agenda-setting science and health file for the news agency. She has also served as a correspondent in Hong Kong and Beirut for a variety of news organizations, covered the ouster of former president Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, the Tiananmen Square protests in China, and is one of the few people to have interviewed Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi. Ms. Fox has received awards for her coverage of mad cow disease, swine flu, vaccination controversies, and Japan’s economic development.
Bruce Gottlieb is president of the National Journal Group, which publishes National Journal, National Journal Daily, National Journal Hotline, and other publications. He also serves as the general counsel of Atlantic Media Company, which publishes The Atlantic, Quartz, and Government Executive. Before joining Atlantic Media, he was chief counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, responsible for managing the agency’s overall policy agenda, and a senior advisor to Chairman Julius Genachowski. He was formerly a staff writer for Slate, where he was the first author of the Explainer column, and he has written for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Republic. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and of Harvard Law School and began his legal career as a clerk for Judge David S. Tatel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Charles Kennedy, M.D., is chief executive officer of Accountable Care Solutions from Aetna, a business segment at Aetna focused on collaborating with high quality health systems to implement
new accountable care models that are designed to drive higher quality, greater coordination, and an overall better patient health care experience.
Dr. Kennedy was a founding commissioner of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and is currently the health insurance industry representative on the HIT Policy Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee. Prior to Aetna, Dr. Kennedy was vice president of Health Information Technology for WellPoint Inc.
Todd McCracken currently serves as president of National Small Business Association (NSBA), directing all activities of the advocacy-oriented association. Mr. McCracken became president of NSBA in 1997. He started with the association in 1988, previously serving as vice president of government affairs.
As director of its government affairs arm, Mr. McCracken plays a key role in developing NSBA’s policies on issues and the strategies in implementing them. Mr. McCracken also is a frequent commentator in the media, having appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and NBC Nightly News as well as in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and myriad other publications.
Neil Trautwein is vice president and employee benefits policy counsel at the National Retail Federation (NRF). In this role, Mr. Trautwein serves as NRF's lead advocate and strategist on health care policy and legislation, and manages NRF's exclusive Health and Employee Benefits Committee. Mr. Trautwein serves as a primary spokesperson for NRF on issues such as employee mandates, health care costs and benefits. He joined NRF from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), where he served as assistant vice president for human resources policy. Before joining NAM, he was manager of health care policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Trautwein also worked as director of governmental affairs at the National Association of Health Underwriters.
Steve Zaleznick is executive director for consumer strategy and development for HealthPocket Inc., a technology company that is creating an unbiased experience to help consumers compare and rank health plans. Mr. Zaleznick has been closely involved in designing and managing consumer focused nonprofit and commercial insurance and financial services programs for many years. Mr. Zaleznick was chief executive officer of AARP Services Inc., which developed and managed healthcare, insurance, financial service, and lifestyle products for AARP members. Previously, Mr. Zaleznick was general counsel of AARP. He was also founder, president and chief executive officer of Longevity Alliance Inc. a company that employed licensed agents who guided older adults through a selection process of Medicare plans, long-term care insurance and annuities.
Neil Trautwein, vice president at the National Retail Federation, and Todd McCracken, president of National Small Business Association, debunk the myths about the employer mandate and explains how small businesses are coping with the Affordable Care Act.