Federal Health Policy and Communicating Shared Values:
Frederick Isasi, Executive Director, Families USA
Keynote generously sponsored by SelectHealth
January 12th | 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Frederick Isasi was selected to be Families USA’s second-ever Executive Director in January 2017 because of his life-long commitment to achieving high-quality, affordable health care for all. Mr. Isasi frequently testifies in Congress and is a well-known national speaker on Medicaid, state innovation, health system transformation, behavioral health, and the social determinants of health as well as health care quality, payment, and equity issues. Mr. Isasi’s passion for health care reform began when he was growing up in North Carolina as the son of Cuban immigrants. There, he saw firsthand many of the barriers to health care experienced by the poor, people of color, people with language barriers, and rural communities. Before joining Families USA, Mr. Isasi served as the Health Division Director at the bipartisan National Governors Association’s (NGA) Center for Best Practices. Prior to NGA, Mr. Isasi served as Vice President for Health Policy at the Advisory Board Company where he founded its Health Policy Department. Prior to this work, Mr. Isasi served as Senior Legislative Counsel for Health Care on both the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) for former Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), the only Democrat serving on both committees during the creation of the Affordable Care Act. Earlier in his career, Mr. Isasi served as a health care attorney with Powell Goldstein, where he worked closely with states on Medicaid reforms and represented public hospitals; prior to that, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the District of Columbia Primary Care Association. Mr. Isasi holds a JD from Duke University, an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina, and a B.S. in Cellular Biology and a second major in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin.