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INVITE: Join Protect Our Care, Former Solicitor General Don Verrilli, and Other Experts for “Protecting Our Care in the Courts”

By February 27, 2024March 8th, 2024No Comments


Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 9 AM ET, Protect Our Care will be joined by Former Solicitor General of the United States Don Verrilli and leading legal, economic, and health experts for an in-depth discussion of three key legal battles that threaten Americans’ health care. This event is designed to provide timely and relevant information of use to congressional staff, health care advocates and providers, journalists, and other interested parties.  

Ultra-conservative groups and big drug companies are suing to block Americans’ access to quality, affordable health care. Ongoing litigation threatens to repeal the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurers cover preventive services without cost sharing, to block Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices, and to throw our drug approval system into chaos by overturning the FDA’s approvals of mifepristone. 

Panel conversations will focus on the following cases:

  • Threats to Preventive Care (Braidwood v. Becerra)
    This panel will explore the health care at risk if the ACA’s free preventive services requirement is struck down as this case makes its way through the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and beyond.
  • Threats to Lower Prescription Drug Costs
    This panel will explore the cases seeking to overturn the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program, putting lower prescription drug costs at risk for seniors, and the broader implications it has for lowering drug costs for all Americans.
  • Threats to Reproductive Health Care and the Drug Approval System (Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA)
    This panel will explore the implications of opening the door for the politically motivated destruction of the FDA’s drug approval process as the Supreme Court prepares to hear the case seeking to ban mifepristone.


Emcee: Leslie Dach, Chair, Protect Our Care
Keynote Speaker: Don Verrilli, former Solicitor General of the United States

Threats to Preventive Care Panelists:
Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Gretchen Borchelt, Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health, National Women’s Law Center
Andrew Pincus, Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and experienced Supreme Court and appellate lawyer
Mary Rouvelas, Managing Counsel and Legal Advocacy Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Moderator: Joi Chaney, Policy and Health Equity Senior Advisor, Protect Our Care

Threats to Lower Prescription Drug Costs Panelists:
Gerard Anderson, Professor of health policy and management, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Zachary Baron, Director of the Health Policy and the Law Initiative, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law
Christine Petrin, Board Chair, Doctors for America
Moderator: Andrea Harris, Director of Policy Programs, Protect Our Care

Threats to Reproductive Health Care and the Drug Approval System Panelists:
Carrie Flaxman, Senior Advisor, Democracy Forward
Jocelyn Frye
, President, National Partnership for Women & Families
William Schultz, Partner, Zuckerman Spaeder, former General Counsel, Department of Health and Human Services
Moderator: Yvette Fontenot, Policy and Legislative Affairs Senior Advisor, Protect Our Care

WHAT: Conference with Q&A

WHERE: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, SVC 215, First St SE, Washington, DC 20515 or Virtual

WHEN: Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 9 AM – 12 PM ET, Doors will open at 8:30 AM