General Session Presenter

Health Care At A Tipping Point: The Affordable Care Act and Implications for Extension Educators

Mark D. Birdwhistell

Vice President for Administration and External Affairs Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs University of Kentucky HealthCare

Through the lens of the Affordable Care Act, this presentation outlines how states across the U.S. are navigating disruption in our health care delivery system, how the reaction to ACA breaks depending on the adoption of Medicaid expansion, how rural health care may be affected, and what extension educators might consider when working with consumers in both Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states. This presentation will draw from the experience of an academic medical center located within a land-grant public university.

Speaker Bio
Mark D. Birdwhistell currently serves as Vice President for Administration and External Affairs for the University of Kentucky HealthCare. In this capacity he represents UK HealthCare at the local, state and national levels, and serves as a national speaker on health care policy and Medicaid reform efforts. Prior to this position, Birdwhistell served in senior leadership roles in the private and public sector, including Secretary for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Chief Executive Officer for CHA Health. He has over thirty years’ experience in healthcare, with specific expertise in Medicaid policy.


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