Sebelius to speak at conference of state leaders in KC

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, center, accompanied by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, right, and Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris, speaks about Social Security and Medicare , Friday, May 31, 213, at the Treasury Department in Washington. The government says Medicare's giant hospital trust will not be exhausted until 2026, while the date that Social Security will exhaust its trust fund is unchanged at 2033. The date for Medicare is two years later than was projected last year. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

KHI News Service

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to discuss the evolving state-federal health care relationship during a keynote address here Saturday at the Council of State Governments 2013 National Conference.

Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, has been playing a key role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act since it was passed in 2010. The roll-out of the law, commonly known as Obamacare, continues with its health care marketplaces scheduled to begin enrolling members in health plans on Oct. 1.

The Council of State Governments is a national association whose members include policymakers from all branches of state government: judicial, legislative and executive.

Other scheduled keynote speakers are historian David McCullough and Nate Silver, who gained national attention during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections with his political website.

More than 500 state policymakers and others are expected to attend the conference, which will be held at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, Thursday through Saturday.

The conference will open with a special policy session focused on state approaches to combating obesity reduction and a session on civility in the legislature presented by the National Institute for Civil Discourse and the CSG National Leadership Center.

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