Last Updated 2/8/2016

Speaker Bios

Bonnie Burns

Bonnie Burns is currently the Training & Policy Specialist for California Health Advocates (CHA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the interests of Medicare beneficiaries, their families and the pre-retirement population. Ms. Burns has more than twenty years of experience in Medicare, Medicare supplemental insurance, and long-term care insurance, and has been featured in numerous national newspapers. In August 2001, she was awarded the national “Beneficiary Services Certificate of Merit” by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for her work on behalf of people with Medicare. For many years, Ms. Burns has been selected to serve as a funded consumer representative for CHA to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). She recently held a position as Co-Chair of the Medigap Advisory Working Group, formed by the NAIC Senior Issues Task Force to implement certain requirements of the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA). Previous to her time with CHA, Ms. Burns was a consultant to state agencies and national consumer groups.


Julie James

Julie James joined Health Policy Alternatives (HPA) in 1998 with more than twenty-five years experience in health services research, planning and policy. She currently serves as a Principal, providing consulting services to a broad array of clients including medical companies and associations, consumer groups, and other organizations interested in federal health policy. Prior to her work at HPA, Ms. James was Chief Health Policy Analyst for the Senate Finance Committee, where she oversaw all health policy issues within the jurisdiction of the Committee. Ms. James has also been Associate Director of the Northwest Oregon Health Systems Agency and the Oregon Comprehensive Cancer Program, Research Assistant Supervisor at the Kaiser Foundation Center for Health Research, Chairperson of the Oregon Health Council, and Vice-Chairman of the Oregon Certificate of Need Appeals Board. Ms. James attended Pitzer College and received her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. She has done graduate work in Public Administration at Portland State University and at the Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Professional Studies.


Jeffrey A. Kelman, MD, MMSc

Jeffrey Kelman is Chief Medical Officer of the Center for Beneficiary Choices at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to his service at CMS, he is Medical Director at the Collington Episcopal Life Care Center, Senior Medical Consultant at the Congressional Budget Office, and is associated with the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kelman holds an AB and MMSc from Brown University, and MD from Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, geriatrics, and medical direction LTC.


Charles Milligan, JD, MPH

Charles Milligan is Executive Director of the Center for Health Program Development and Management (Center) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The Center is a fifty-person health policy and research organization, which provides various analytic services to its clients. These clients include: the Maryland Medicaid program, other Maryland state and local governmental agencies, federal agencies, state agencies outside Maryland, foundations, and others. Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Milligan worked at The Lewin Group, and also served as a former state Medicaid and S-CHIP Director from the State of New Mexico. Mr. Milligan holds an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.


Patricia E. Powers, MPPA

Patricia Powers is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Health Improvement, a non-profit health policy center dedicated to keeping prevention at the forefront of health policy and health care services. She brings to the health care industry more than twenty-five years of experience as a nationally known dynamic leader in both the private and public sectors, dedicating her talents to improving the quality of health care while moderating costs. Ms. Powers has previously served in the capacities of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), Co-Founder of the Leapfrog Group, Director of a Bay Area Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative on the working uninsured, and a policy analyst in Washington D.C. She served on the boards of the National Committee on Quality Assurance, the National Business Coalition on Health, the Physician Payment Review Commission, and the National Quality Forum. Ms. Powers received a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University in New York. Following her graduate studies, she completed a two-year Federal program as a Presidential Management Intern.


Stan Rosenstein, MPA

Stan Rosenstein is Deputy Director of Medical Care Services. He began his career in state government in 1974, and joined the California Department of Health Services (DHS) Medi-Cal program as an analyst in 1977. After 28 years with the Department, Mr. Rosenstein continues to serve the Medi-Cal program, now in the capacity of administrator. He manages an operating budget of over $30 billion, a workforce of approximately 1600 employees, and plays a major role in both formulating the Medi-Cal program’s benefits and eligibility policies and coordinating and directing the healthcare delivery system of approximately 6.5 million beneficiaries. Mr. Rosenstein graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, and earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.


Alan R. Weil, MA, JD

Alan Weil serves as Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and President of its governing body, the Center for Health Policy Development. As a non-partisan, non-profit organization, NASHP helps states achieve excellence in policy and practice through policy analysis, meetings, and technical assistance. Mr. Weil is also part of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization program (HCFO) and State Health Access Data Center (SHADAC), and chairs the Advisory Committee for the State Coverage Initiatives Program. Prior to his time with NASHP, Mr. Weil held numerous positions dedicated to improving the health and welfare of federal and state health programs. These positions include: Director of the Assessing the New Federalism (ANF) project at the Urban Institute; Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing; Chief Health Policy Advisor to Colorado Governor Roy Romer; and an appointed member of President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry. Mr. Weil is co-editor of Welfare Reform: The Next Act, and Federalism and Health Policy. He has authored chapters in a number of books and published articles in journals, including Health Affairs and Inquiry. Mr. Weil has a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, an MA of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a JD from Harvard Law School.