Between Medicaid restoration and expansion, and the implementation of the Marketplaces in Arizona, the state could see more than half of its uninsured covered by Affordable Care Act provisions by 2015. University of Arizona health policy expert Dr. Dan Derksen is available to talk about implementation of the ACA in advance of the 40th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference August 20-21 at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center, in Prescott, Ariz.
Dr. Derksen is a professor of Public Health Policy and Management, the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair and director of the Center for Rural Health at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
Derksen serves on the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Governmental Advocacy and the American Hospital Association’s Governing Council Section on Rural or Small Hospitals. His leadership roles have included directing New Mexico’s Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), the faculty practice plan, and the Office of Rural Outreach.
In 2011 Governor Susana Martinez appointed Derksen to Director of the New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform where he submitted the state’s health insurance exchange establishment proposal funded by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).
Derksen completed a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship in 2008 with U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. He researched and drafted federal legislative provisions to improve the nation’s supply and distribution of the health workforce that were included in Title V of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.”
The Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health was named 2013 Outstanding Rural Health Organization in the U.S. by the National Rural Health Association. Home to the Arizona State Office of Rural Health, the CRH partners with other state agencies and organizations to improve the health and wellness of rural underserved populations through service, research and education.