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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

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Friday, September 28
 

8:00am CDT

Mending the Safety Net
Two ex-administrators of Medicare and Medicaid on ensuring the least among us have the care they need.

Presented by Ascension-Seton and supported by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Moderators
avatar for Mary Agnes Carey

Mary Agnes Carey

Senior Correspondent at Kaiser Health News
Carey covers health reform and federal health policy for Kaiser Health News. Previously, she served as associate editor of QC HealthBeat, a daily report on health care policy for Congressional Quarterly. Carey has also covered budgets, economics and health care for Dow Jones News... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark McClellan

Mark McClellan

Former Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President George W. Bush
McClellan is a professor and founding director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. He previously served as director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative and the Richard Merkin Initiative on Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership. McClellan... Read More →
avatar for Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt

Acting Administrator of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services under President Barack Obama
Slavitt oversaw Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Health Insurance Marketplace programs under President Barack Obama. He is the founder and a general partner in Town Hall Ventures, which invests in innovative health care businesses. Slavitt also... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethel Hall

9:45am CDT

One on One with Kathleen Sebelius
The former health and human services secretary on the real impact of Obamacare and why so many Americans still can’t get access to coverage or treatment.

Presented by Ascension-Seton and supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Moderators
avatar for Elisabeth Rosenthal

Elisabeth Rosenthal

Editor-in-Chief of Kaiser Health News
Rosenthal has served as editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News since 2016. She previously worked for The New York Times for 22 years, covering healthcare and the environment as a correspondent and serving as a reporter in the Times’ Beijing bureau. Rosenthal is also the author of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius

Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Sebelius served as secretary of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2014, where she oversaw the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She currently serves as CEO of Sebelius Resources, where she advises companies, investors and nonprofits... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethel Hall

1:30pm CDT

So Did We Clean Up Foster Care?
A year ago, under legal threat, the state took notice of the mess it made. What’s changed and what hasn’t?

Presented by Ascension-Seton and the Annie E. Casey Foundation and supported by Upbring

Moderators
avatar for Edgar Walters

Edgar Walters

Investigative Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Walters is an investigative reporter for The Texas Tribune, where he started as an intern in 2013. Previously, he had a political reporting fellowship with the Berliner Zeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin. He is a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kristene Blackstone

Kristene Blackstone

Associate Commissioner of Child Protective Services at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Blackstone has served as associate commissioner of Child Protective Services since 2016. She has spent 17 years working with CPS, first as a caseworker and later as a supervisor, program director and regional program administrator. Blackstone has also served as deputy director for... Read More →
avatar for James Frank

James Frank

State Representative, R-Wichita Falls
Frank, R-Wichita Falls, has represented House District 69 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Human Services Committee and sits on the Local & Consent Calendars and Natural Resources committees. In the 85th legislative session, Frank sponsored House Bill 5 and House... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Rubin

Stephanie Rubin

CEO of Texans Care for Children
Rubin has served as CEO of Texans Care for Children since 2015. She previously served as senior officer of campaigns for The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she coordinated state policy and advocacy strategies for Pew’s early education, health and justice initiatives. Rubin was also... Read More →
avatar for Gene Wu

Gene Wu

State Representative, D-Houston
Wu, D-Houston, has represented House District 137 since 2013. He sits on the House Appropriations and Human Services committees. In the 85th legislative session, Wu co-authored and passed House Bill 7, a Child Protective Services overhaul bill reforming court processes and procedure... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, McCombs Events Center

2:00pm CDT

How Texas Invented the Artificial Heart
The inside story of a medical moonshot that saved lives and changed the world.

Presented by Ascension-Seton and supported by Texas A&M University

Moderators
avatar for Corrie MacLaggan

Corrie MacLaggan

Managing Editor of The Texas Tribune
MacLaggan is the Tribune’s managing editor. Previously she worked as a national correspondent for Reuters, writing and editing stories about Texas and nearby states and overseeing a network of freelance writers. Before joining Reuters, she covered Texas government and politics for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for O.H. Frazier

O.H. Frazier

Chief and Program Director of the Center for Cardiac Support and Director of Cardiovascular Surgery Research at the Texas Heart Institute
Frazier is a renowned heart surgeon and director of cardiovascular surgery research at the Texas Heart Institute. He has been recognized as a pioneer in the treatments of severe heart failure and heart transplantation, performing over 1,200 heart transplants and implanting 900 artificial... Read More →
avatar for Mimi Swartz

Mimi Swartz

Executive Editor at Texas Monthly
Swartz is a senior executive editor of Texas Monthly magazine and op-ed writer for The New York Times. She was previously a staff writer at The New Yorker and Talk Magazine. Swartz has been with Texas Monthly for nearly 30 years and is the author of “Ticker: The Quest to Create... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Studio 919 at The Texas Tribune
 
Saturday, September 29
 

11:15am CDT

One on One with Cecile Richards
The former head of Planned Parenthood on her years in the trenches, the renewed threat to Roe and three generations of the family business.

Moderators
avatar for Anna Palmer

Anna Palmer

Senior Washington Correspondent for Politico and Co-Author of the Politico Playbook
Palmer is currently a senior Washington correspondent for Politico and co-author of the daily Politico Playbook newsletter. She also host's Politico's "Women Rule" podcast. Previously, shey co-authored the daily newsletter Politico Influence. Prior to joining Politico, Palmer covered... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards

Former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Richards served as president of Planned Parenthood from 2006 to April 2018, where she oversaw more than 600 affiliate health centers and advocates for reproductive rights. She previously served as deputy chief of staff for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and is the founder of... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
The Paramount Theatre 713 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

3:45pm CDT

Dangerous Deliveries
Whether we’re the worst in the Western world or merely awful, why can’t we solve our maternal mortality problem?

Read more about the Tribune’s maternal mortality coverage.

Presented by Ascension-Seton and the Annie E. Casey Foundation and supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Moderators
avatar for Marissa Evans

Marissa Evans

Health and Human Services Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Evans reports on health and human services policy issues for the Tribune since October 2016. Before the Tribune she reported for CQ Roll Call in Washington, D.C., where she covered state legislatures and health care issues. Evans’ reporting has appeared in Civil Eats, CityLab, NBC... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carla Ortique

Carla Ortique

Vice Chairwoman of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force at the Texas Department of State Health Services
Ortique has been a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist since 1997 and currently practices at Texas Children’s Hospital. She is the vice chairwoman of the Texas’ Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, which was founded in 2013. The task force is tasked with studying maternal... Read More →
avatar for Sable Swallow

Sable Swallow

Mother and Survivor of Postpartum Preeclampsia and Stroke
Swallow is a mother and survivor of postpartum preeclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure after giving birth. In March 2014, she survived a stroke soon after giving birth to her newborn son.
avatar for Shawn Thierry

Shawn Thierry

State Representative, D-Houston
Thierry, D-Houston, has represented House District 146 since 2017. She is a member of the House Country Affairs and Juvenile Justice & Family Issues committees. Thierry sponsored several bills during the 2017 legislative sessions focusing on maternal mortality, including HB 2403... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm CDT
Studio 919 at The Texas Tribune