Each summer, UHF’s Medicaid Institute hosts a major conference that brings together health care policymakers, providers, insurers, community organizations, and policy experts to discuss timely issues of import to New York’s Medicaid Program. In recent years, the opening keynote has been provided by the New York State Medicaid Director.

A list of the most recent Medicaid conferences appears below. Click through to find agendas, presentations, news stories, and photographs from these recent conferences.


2021: Centering Communities Post-Covid

Keynote: Brett Friedman, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Medicaid Counsel in the Office of Health Insurance Programs, New York State Department of Health. Other sessions included panels on homelessness and community needs, and a fireside chat on the future of Medicaid, with Anne Marie Costello, Deputy Center Director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Link to 2021 presentations, agenda, and more. 


2020: Fostering Equity During a Time of Crisis

Keynotes: Donna Frescatore, Medicaid Director, New York State Department of Health; Tekisha Dwan Everette, PhD, Executive Director, Health Equity Solutions. Other sessions included panels on advancing equity within maternal health and primary care.

Link to 2020 presentations, agenda, and more.


2019: A Look Toward the Future

Keynote: Donna Frescatore, Medicaid Director, New York State Department of Health. Other sessions included panels on integrating long-term care and the future of DSRIP and a “fireside chat” on Medicaid managed care.

Link to 2019 presentations, agenda, and more.


2018: Fostering Collaboration to Improve Health

Keynotes: Donna Frescatore, Medicaid Director, New York State Department of Health; Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors. Other sessions included panels on New York Medicaid’s children’s agenda and addressing social determinants of health through value-based payment.

Link to 2018 presentations, agenda, and more.


2017: Innovating in an Era of Uncertainty

Keynote: Jason Helgerson, Medicaid Director, New York State Department of Health. Other sessions included panels on behavioral health, the future of delivery and payment reforms after DSRIP, and a discussion about Medicaid and CHIP with former UHF President James R. Tallon, Jr.

Link to 2017 presentations, agenda, and more.


2016: Progressing to Value-Based Payment

Keynotes: Jason Helgerson, Medicaid Director, New York State Department of Health; Christopher F. Koller, President, Milbank Memorial Fund. Other sessions included panels on engaging and protecting Medicaid members and implementing New York’s value-based payment roadmap.

Link to 2016 presentations, agenda, and more.