CHCMP Special Presentation Speaker Program: Impact of Midterm Elections on Federal Health Policy and Health Care in California

Election results are expected to impact health policy and health legislation going forward at both the Federal and State levels. We have two outstanding speakers who will share their insights and present their perspectives on how the election results are expected to impact Federal health policy and health care in California. Presentation topics will include Federal policy priorities for health care, a discussion on the makeup of the House and Senate, and the outlook for California health care under a new governor.

Welcome & Introductions by:

  • Mireille Jacobson, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Health Care Management and Policy, The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine


  • Edward Heidig, Esq. Regional Director, Region IX, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • William Barcellona, JD, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, America’s Physician Groups (APG)
  • Moderator: Cindy Ehnes, Esq. Executive Vice President, COPE Health Solutions


8:00 am - 8:45 am Breakfast and Registration
8:45 am - 9:45 am Speaker Presentations
9:45 am - 10:15 am Moderated Panel discussion and Q&A
10:15 am Program Close


Bill Barcellona
Sr. Vice President for Government Affairs

Bill Barcellona serves as the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs for America’s Physician Groups, a national professional association of over 300 medical groups and independent practice associations across the United States. Physician group members share a common goal to provide accountable, value-based health care services. Bill develops and advocates state and federal policy for the organization, manages litigation and appellate cases, and manages legislative and regulatory issues. He’s been with the Association since 2005.

Bill is a former Deputy Director for Plan-Provider Relations at the Department of Managed Health Care in Sacramento.  Bill has practiced law since 1985 in California and prior to his service at the DMHC he spent 16 years at two major law firms in Newport Beach and Sacramento, primarily as a civil litigator.  Bill’s current legal experience includes general health law matters with an emphasis in Knox Keene Act and managed care issues. He enjoys teaching and lecturing across the country on health care management, operations and policy matters, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the USC Price School since 2006 teaching health administration policy and management courses in the MHA, MPA and MMM programs. 

Bill currently serves as a member of the USC Price School Health Advisory Board.  He makes wine, likes to run and follows Formula One Grand Prix racing.

Cindy Ehnes
Executive Vice President, Cope Health Solutions

Cindy Ehnes, Executive Vice President, is an attorney licensed in California and Colorado who served as Gov. Schwarzenegger's Director of the CA Department of Managed Health Care for seven years. Cindy was CEO of the California Children’s Hospital Association and Chief of Enforcement at the Colorado Department of Insurance.

As DMHC Director, overseeing health insurance services for 21 million Californians, Mrs. Ehnes regulated the operations, clinical and financial performance for 105 health plans and 220 delegated medical groups. She launched the quality improvement program, the Right Care Initiative, involving 10 health plans and more than 50 delegated medical groups and IPAs, a ten-year program focused on improving HEDIS scores for several million HMO enrollees.

She also provided leadership to the California Quality Care Collaborative, leading initiatives to improve standards of care and EMR adoption for medical groups in the Inland Empire. As a 12-year board member of the Integrated Healthcare Association, Mrs. Ehnes has assisted in developing pay-for-performance programs and total cost of care measurement for California Medicaid managed care organizations.

In her role in consulting, Mrs. Ehnes brings her deep expertise in “what works and what doesn't work” in regulatory, financial, risk contracting and operational mechanics to health plans and delegated providers. Cindy also provides interim health plan CEO capabilities, executive coaching, compliance reviews, as well as strategic consulting for health plans and medical groups.

Mrs. Ehnes is the author of The Prentice Hall ADA Compliance Advisor and was a world class ski racer (still avid and fast!).

Ed Heidig
Regional Director, HHS Region IX 

Ed Heidig was appointed by the President on May 15, 2018 as Regional Director for HHS Region IX which serves the people of the states of Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands.  Ed Heidig is an experienced policy advisor and health care administrator who served as Chief Deputy Director and later Interim Director for the State of California Department of Managed Health Care.  The Department is the only stand-alone agency regulating health insurance in the U.S.

Ed Heidig played a key role in adopting timely-access regulations which assured the right care at the right time and proactively reached settlements with health maintenance organizations which expanded autism coverage.  He also served on the Managed Risk Medial Insurance Board, which administered the SCHIP program for California.  A graduate of Claremont McKenna College and Pepperdine University School of Law, he lives in Sacramento with his wife and has three daughters.

Mireille Jacobson
Director, Center for Health Management and Policy

Mireille Jacobson is the Director of the Center for Health Care Management and Policy and a Visiting Professor at the Paul Merage School of Business.  She is also an Associate Professor at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at USC, the co-director of the Aging Program at USC's Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and a research associate in the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has a diverse portfolio of research united by an interest in understanding how health care policies affect well-being.  Her current projects include analyses of the tradeoffs in covering near poor households with public insurance versus subsidies for the purchase of private health insurance, the impact of a transitional care pain management model on readmissions and health outcomes for opioid tolerant patients, and the anticipatory effects of gaining Medicare on the mental health of seniors. Jacobson received her PhD in economics from Harvard University and her BA, also in economics, from the University of Chicago.


Members of the press should contact Aaron Orlowski to obtain a press pass and make any other special arrangements.


Event Details

Date: 11.14.2018
Time: 08:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Event Type: Public


$45 Registration Fee Per Person
$40 for UCI Faculty or Staff, use discount code: UCI
$20 for Students, use discount code: Student


The Beckman Center - Huntington Room
100 Academy Drive, Irvine, CA 92617


Margaret Wong/Diane Ford