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About the Health Care Speaker Series

The Distinguished Speaker Program offers an annual series of lectures featuring prominent policy-makers, scholars, journalists, and other opinion leaders who address some of the most pressing issues in health care today.

This lecture series was launched in 2001 with Paul Ellwood, MD – the “father of HMOs” and instrumental in forming federal health policy and reforming private sector systems – asking a provocative question: “Does managed care need to be replaced?” In subsequent years, industry leaders such as John Wennberg, MD, director of the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at the Dartmouth Medical School, John Calfee, PhD, resident scholar of the American Enterprise Institute, and Robert Moffit, PhD, director of Domestic Policy Studies for the Heritage Foundation joined the list of prominent speakers at this coveted event.

Previous topics of discussion include:

  • Unwarranted Variations in Health Care Delivery: What’s going on in southern California?
  • Targeted Therapeutics – How Biotechnology Innovations Affect the Cost of Care and Competition Among Firms Marketing Pioneer Drugs
  • State Health Reform: Revolutionary Possibilities
The series attracts health care industry leaders, alumni, faculty and students, among others. Attendees have an opportunity to network and meet the speakers at post-event receptions.



"California's Health Benefits Exchange -

Is It Ready for Prime Time?"


Presented on

Friday, November 8, 2013

8:00 - 10:30 am

University Club, UC Irvine


Click here to view video!




After two years of preparation, the California Health Benefits Exchange was expected to become operational October 1, 2013. News reports throughout the country, however, indicated that many state exchanges were having problems and would be unable to start on time.

Will California’s exchange open on time and run smoothly? Will people have difficulty enrolling in the exchange? How many insurers will participate? Will insurers have very narrow provider networks to protect themselves from adverse selection? Will premiums be much higher for younger age groups? And the big question, will sufficient numbers of young people join the exchange to hold down insurance premiums?

These questions and more were addressed by two experts at our Fall Speaker program. View the video here.



Micah Weinberg, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor, Bay Area Council

Steven Sell, President & CEO, Health Net, Western Region Health Plan

Program Schedule:

8:00-9:00 am - Breakfast Buffet and Registration

9:00-10:30 am - Speaker Presentation and Q&A


This program was presented by the Center for Health Care Management and Policy at The Paul Merage School
of Business, UC Irvine.


For information on upcoming events, please contact Margaret Wong at 949.824.8474 or