Health Enterprises Network hosts a update on health-related legislation and policy at the federal and state level.

Featured Speakers

Vickie Yates Brown Glisson
Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Vickie Yates Brown Glisson was appointed Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services by Gov. Matt Bevin in December of 2015.

Secretary Glisson is an attorney who has concentrated her practice in health and health insurance law and served as the former chair of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section.

In addition, Sec. Glisson served as the President and CEO of Nucleus: Kentucky’s Innovation Center, where she oversaw its mission of developing research parks and fostering the growth of innovation research and technology companies in the Louisville area. Sec. Glisson was also successful in obtaining three tax increment financings (TIFs) totaling approximately $4.3 billion to provide financing for the research parks.

She has served as the co-chair of the Health Law Practice group at the law firm of Frost Brown Todd, and Vice Chair of the Health Enterprises Network.

The Secretary has written and lectured extensively on health law topics, particularly the Affordable Care Act, and the privacy and security of health information. She has also been appointed by government entities to serve in a number of capacities, including National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Council for the Human Genome Project and the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestion and Kidney Disease as part of the National Institutes of Health.

A Spencer County native, Secretary Glisson is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown College, and the University of Kentucky College of Law.  She lives in Louisville with her husband.

Andrew C. Coats
Senior Policy Advisor
Hall, Render Killian, Heath & Lyman

Andrew Coats has spent nearly two decades in Washington focusing on health care policy. During this time, Andrew has worked in the executive branch, the legislative branch and the private sector. Prior to joining Hall Render full time in 2017, Andrew served as Of Counsel to the firm since 2012. During that time, Andrew helped direct an effort by a nationwide coalition of health systems to make comprehensive reforms to the Stark Law. Andrew was also instrumental in advancing rural health measures in both the House and Senate and has represented various health systems on Medicare reimbursement issues before Congress and CMS.
For the past three years, Andrew has been the lead Republican lobbyist for Sandy Hook Promise, where he advocated for a comprehensive mental health reform bill in 2016. Andrew also represented Junior Achievement, the leading financial literacy nonprofit organization, for over five years.
Andrew represented the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, a coalition of the leading home health care providers. As one of the lead Republican lobbyists, Andrew worked with Congress to help prevent a home health co-pay that was included in the president’s budget.
Prior to working in the private sector, Andrew was a legislative assistant for Rep. Mark Souder from Indiana. In addition to handling Medicare and Medicaid issues for Rep. Souder, Andrew was the point person for the Washington, D.C. gun rights bill, a bill that passed the House and eventually was decided on by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark Second Amendment case, District of Columbia v. Heller.
Before working on the Hill, Andrew worked in the Bush Administration as a congressional liaison under then Labor Department Secretary Elaine Chao. Prior to working for the Bush Administration, Andrew worked as a congressional liaison at the Bush Inaugural Committee and did advance work during the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2000. During college, Andrew interned for Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and the NBC and Sallie Mae government relations offices. Andrew received his law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in May of 2009. During law school, Andrew interned at Indiana University’s Office of Governmental Affairs and Engagement.

Abigail L. Kaericher
Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman

Abby Kaericher practices in the area of health care law with a focus on government relations and antitrust. She is active in the firm’s lobbying activities, representing the interests of health care clients. She developed an interest in antitrust after working with the Federal Trade Commission in the health care division. Abby received her J.D. with a Graduate Certificate in Health Law from Saint Louis University. Abby earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Indiana University. She then received her Master’s degree in Biology from Purdue University. While in law school, Abby served as an editor for the Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy. Additionally, she worked as a pediatric medical assistant.


November 14, 2017
8:30 am—10:30 am

Louisville Water Tower
3005 River Road


Member: $35
Non-Member: $50
Student: $10
Table Sponsor (6 Seats and mention in event program): $300.00


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