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Nancy-Ann DeParle  

Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Leading Expert on Healthcare and Regulatory Issues

Nancy-Ann DeParle is a Guest Scholar in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and a Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School. From 2011-January 2013, she was Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Obama White House, where she oversaw policy development in many areas, including health, education, energy, environment, housing, and transportation. A health policy expert, DeParle served as Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform before becoming Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy. She spearheaded President Obama’s successful effort to enact the Affordable Care Act and managed the initial implementation of the landmark law.

From 2006-2009, DeParle was a Managing Director of CCMP Capital Advisors, a private equity firm formed by the former buyout professionals of JPMorgan Partners, LLC. She was also a Senior Fellow of Health Systems at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a trustee or director of several corporate and non-profit boards, including Cerner, Health Affairs, Medco Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. From 2002-2008, she was a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which advises Congress on Medicare policy matters.

From 1997-2000, DeParle served as Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As Administrator, she directed Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children’s Health Insurance (SCHIP), which provide health insurance for more than 105 million Americans at an annual cost of $870 billion. Among her accomplishments as Administrator were implementing the Balanced Budget Act (BBA), which modernized Medicare’s payment systems and extended the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by twenty years, cutting the Medicare payment error rate in half, and launching Medicare’s first comprehensive education effort, including and 1-800-Medicare. Before joining HHS, DeParle served as Associate Director for Health and Personnel at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Earlier in her career, DeParle was Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services, administering a 6,000-employee cabinet agency. She has also worked as a lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. From 2001-2005, she taught health policy as an Adjunct Professor of Health Care Systems of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and she has appeared on many news programs and speaks frequently at health and financial industry conferences. In 1994, Time selected DeParle as one of “America’s 50 Most Promising Leaders Age 40 and Under.”

DeParle received a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Tennessee, where she was Student Body President, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also received a B.A. and M.A. in Politics and Economics from Balliol College of Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Speech Topics

The Affordable Care Act and the Transformation of American Healthcare.

As the woman whose influence helped write and pass the legislation, DeParle discusses the long-term effects of the Affordable Care Act with an insider’s view of how it came to be, where the ‘bodies are buried,’ and what implementation will look like. DeParle knows the ins and outs of this 900-page bill like no other speaker on the lecture circuit and tailors her talks to cover the issues important to her audience. She addresses why President Obama took on healthcare during his first term, what the system looked like before the ACA, the logic (and compromise) behind the current legislation, the changes and ramifications of the Act, and what problems the bill solves in American healthcare. She also discusses issues like current healthcare trends, whether the Department of Health and Human Services and the IRS are ready to administrate the new system and how states are handling setting up the marketplaces and exchanges. In her talk, DeParle covers healthcare from several points of view – from working with Congress and the president, to healthcare administrators and current patients.

Domestic Policy During the Obama Administration.

Nancy-Ann DeParle is a leading expert on policy issues and a unique perspective on the political environment. As the Obama’s former deputy chief of staff, she oversaw all policy and regulatory matters for the White House, including energy, environment, education, national security, manufacturing, economy, and more. The most senior female member of the Obama administration, DeParle has great insights into the political landscape and the role of the White House in the current legislative climate. She tackles the audience’s selected topic areas and outlines Obama’s likely approach to major agenda issues in his second term, speaking to issues like the esoterica of budget negotiations, the politics of a divided Congress, the ramifications of policy decisions, and the behind-the-scenes happenings at the White House.

Regulatory Policy and Obama’s Approach to Regulation.

Part of DeParle’s job as the White House deputy chief of staff was determining – on behalf of the president – which regulations passed and which ones did not. The general criterion for those that did was that it created jobs, but oftentimes, their necessity was more nuanced. DeParle outlines the Obama administration’s approach to regulatory policy and how she viewed the pros and cons of specific regulations. A former Harvard Law professor on the subject, she addresses how regulatory policy affects businesses and the economy.

The Future of Entitlements.

Nancy-Ann DeParle has experience both managing entitlements (both the programs and their budgets) and affecting reform policy under Presidents Clinton and Obama. In this presentation, she outlines how the ACA affects entitlements for both current and future program participants, discusses the costs of the programs, how they could be improved, and the ramifications of any changes, in terms of cost controls or eligibility requirements. DeParle also looks at the politics behind healthcare and current industry trends to address where the future of entitlements in America is headed, for better or worse.

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