PROVIDING ACCESSIBLE HEALTHCARE FOR WOMEN
A key Women’s March initiative is ensuring that women have access to affordable healthcare. When healthcare becomes a political football, women have the most to lose. Healthcare choices and accessibility are the most important factors that contribute to the wellness and health of millions of women. This workshop will focus on how we can protect our basic right to healthcare and improve our access to healthcare for women.
Moderator: Tiffany Farichione
Room: Payden 104
Misa Kofman, Executive Director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority
Mila Kofman is the Executive Director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority. Kofman is a nationally recognized expert on private health insurance markets. Her approach is informed by her hands-on experience as the former Superintendent of Insurance in Maine, a former federal regulator working to implement HIPAA reforms in the 1990s, with employer purchasing coalitions seeking to leverage purchasing power for sustainable financing of medical care. Ms. Kofman holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland (summa cum laude).
Laura Meyers, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington
Dr. Laura Meyers is currently President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. She serves on the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association’s Board of Directors as Board Secretary and previously served as the Chair of the Planned Parenthood Affiliate
Chief Executives Council (ACEC). Locally, Dr. Meyers co-chaired the Health, Human Services and Homelessness Committee as part of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Transition Team.
Janel George, Director of Federal Reproductive Rights and Health at National Women’s Law Center
Ms. Janel George is Director of Federal Reproductive Rights and Health at National Women’s Law Center and she works to advance federal laws and policies that promote women’s access to comprehensive health care, especially reproductive health care. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where she served as a Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review, and Spelman College. She is an adjunct professor with Georgetown University Law Center. She has authored papers on multiple reproductive justice and education issues.
Mia Ives-Rublee, Disability Rights Advocate
Ms. Mia Ives-Rublee is a national organizer with the Women’s March on Washington and founder of Women’s March on Washington Disability Caucus. She helped mobilize thousands of disabled participants to attend the Women’s March on Washington and organized disability accommodation services at the event. Ms. Ives-Rublee graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Masters in Social Work and is an advocate for disability rights.