“I lost my job and with it, my healthcare insurance. How will I ever afford my prescriptions?”

“Can I depend on Medicare through my retirement?”

“When will the healthcare system be equitable for all?”

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Dr. Susan Bailey, MD

Susan R. Bailey, MD, an allergist/immunologist from Fort Worth, Texas, was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. Previously, she served as president-elect of the AMA for one year, speaker of the AMA House of Delegates for four years, and as vice speaker for four years. Dr. Bailey, who has been active in the AMA since medical school when she served as chair of the AMA Medical Student Section, has held numerous leadership positions with the AMA. These include serving as chair of both the Advisory Panel on Women in Medicine and the AMA Council on Medical Education, as well as representing the AMA on the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the American Board of Medical Specialties, and COLA. Her long history of service in helping guide organized medicine extends to the local and state levels as well. She has served as board chair and president of the Tarrant County Medical Society, and as vice speaker, speaker and president of the Texas Medical Association.

John Rother

John Rother is President of the National Coalition on Health Care, America’s oldest and most diverse group working to achieve comprehensive health system change. The Coalition’s membership of more than 80 participating organizations includes medical societies, businesses, unions, health care providers, faith-based associations, pension and health funds, insurers, and groups representing consumers, patients, women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Dr. Jamila Taylor

Dr. Jamila K. Taylor is director of health care reform and senior fellow at The Century Foundation, where she leads TCF’s work to build on the Affordable Care Act and develop the next generation of health reform to achieve high-quality, affordable, and universal coverage in America. A renowned women’s health expert, Taylor also works on issues related to reproductive rights and justice, focusing on the structural barriers to access to health care, racial and gender disparities in health outcomes, and the intersections between health care and economic justice.

Alexis Dent

Alexis Dent is an author, marketer, and social media personality whose powerful voice galvanizes us all to look inward and do better. Her upcoming article on Black maternal health will be published by Healthline Parenthood.

Mila Clarke Buckley

Mila Clarke Buckley is a diabetes patient advocate with Type 1.5 Diabetes (LADA), and the founder of The Hangry Woman blog. HangryWoman.com covers topics like diabetes management, shame and stigma, cooking, and self-care from the perspective of someone living with the chronic condition. Mila’s work has been featured by The New York Times, Healthline, WebMD, GE, Health and Diabetic Living Magazine.

Mariah Zebrowski Leach

Mariah is a writer and patient advocate who lives in Colorado with her husband and three children. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 25, she learned firsthand the challenges of pregnancy and motherhood while living with a chronic illness. Today Mariah works to support women with chronic illnesses who are or want to become mothers. Her private Facebook support group, Mamas Facing Forward, connects women with chronic illness from all over the world. She also collects and creates resources that focus on pregnancy and parenting with chronic illness on mamasfacingforward.com.

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Host: Steve Swasey, Healthline Media Vice President of Communications

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