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The Current Status of the ACA and Healthcare: Medical and Legal Perspectives

April 21, 2017 | 2 Law and Legal CLE Credits, pending

Please join us for an important panel discussion on both policy and practice issues.


12:00 Noon to 2:00 P.M

Please join us for an important panel discussion on both policy and practice issues with:

  • Sallie Thieme Sanford, Associate Adjunct Professor, University of Washington School of Public Health and Associate Professor U.W. School of Law
  • Teresa Mosqueda, Political and Strategic Campaign Director WA State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Brian Peyton, Director of Legal Services, Washington Health Benefit Exchange
  • Ashley Greenberg, Staff Attorney with the Washington Medical-Legal Partnership

Jointly co-sponsored by Seattle University School of Law and The King County Medical Society, this two hour program will be available in-person and by live webcast.



Theresa Mosqueda

Teresa Mosqueda was named WSLC Political and Strategic Campaign Director in May 2015. In this position she advances the council's work developing shared agendas, strategic organizing campaigns (raising wages, naturalization, revenue reform, etc.), and recruiting, training and electing political champions for working people.

Teresa first joined the WSLC as a member of the lobbying team in January 2011, and in May 2013, she began serving as the Government Affairs Director and the council's lead on health care policy. As Chair of the Healthy Washington Coalition, the state's largest health care advocacy group, Teresa was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Health Insurance Exchange Board, where she served four years advocating for low-income people and the under-served.

She grew up in Olympia, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, and a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in health policy from The Evergreen State College. Her professional experience in advancing health and social justice policies began at Sea Mar Community Health Centers where she served as Latino Senior Program Manager. She went on to work for the Washington State Department of Health as the Legislative and Policy Coordinator for the Community and Family Health Division. She continued her work on health and nutrition policies at the Children's Alliance as the Health Policy Director, and then as the lobbyist advancing policies to protect children's health, access to education and food, and against the consequences of poverty. Soon after the passage of federal health care reform law, Teresa went onto work at the Community Health Plan and Community Health Network of Washington as the Health Care Reform Specialist. Teresa continues her commitment to eradicating poverty, addressing health disparities and ending inequity through her current work with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO


Ashley Greenberg

Ashley Greenberg is a staff attorney with the Washington Medical-Legal Partnership. Prior to joining the MLP, Ashley was a CLEAR attorney with Northwest justice Project for seven years, focusing on public benefits, health law, and Affordable Care Act implementation in Washington State. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law where she was chapter president of Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW), set up civil rights legal clinics in New York City soup kitchens with the organization Picture the Homeless, and received a 2006 American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty John J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship for excellence in homeless advocacy. Prior to law school, Ashley was an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer and worked on homelessness issues on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.

Brian Peyton

Brian Peyton is the Director of Legal Services for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Brian provides legal advice and analysis to the Exchange Board and staff and oversees the Exchange appeals process. Prior to joining the Exchange, Brian served as Director of the Office of Policy, Legislative and Constituent Relations (PLCR) at the Washington State Department of Health. Before taking that position, he worked as Director of Regulatory Affairs for the University of Washington Medical Center.

Brian has served as the Assistant Director of PLCR, and a Health Law Judge for the Department of Health. Additionally, Brian has worked as an Assistant Attorney General and a lawyer in private practice.

Brian has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Columbia University and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

Salle Thieme Sanford

Sallie Thieme Sanford is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Law, with an adjunct appointment in the University of Washington School of Public Health.   She teaches health law courses in both schools.  She received her B.A. with honors from Brown University and her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of California at Los Angeles. 

Professor Sanford began her legal career as a law clerk for The Honorable Robert R. Beezer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She then served as an Assistant Attorney General representing the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center and the UW's health sciences schools.  Professor Sanford has been active on the board of the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys, including service as its president.  

Her research interests focus on Affordable Care Act implementation, health care delivery systems, health administration law, Medicare and Medicaid, comparative health law, and medical and administrative ethics.  Professor Sanford's recent articles include: Monitoring HIV and AIDS Related Policy Reforms: A Road Map to Strengthen Policy Monitoring and Implementation in PEPFAR Partner Countries, PLOS One 11 (2016) (co-authored), Mind the Gap: Basic Health along the ACA's Coverage Continuum, 17 Md. J. Health Care L. & Pol'y (2014); The Struggle to Bury Pre-Existing Condition Consideration, 7 St. Louis J. Health L. & Pol'y 405 (2014); Emergency Response: A Systemic Approach to Diaper Rash, Chest Pain and Medicaid in the Emergency Department, 102 KY. L.J. 441 (2014); and Designing Model Homes for the Changing Medical Neighborhood: A Multi-Payer Pilot Offers Lessons for ACO and PCMH Construction, 42 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1519 (2012).

Several shorter articles on health law-related topics appear in the on-line journal Jurist.  These include: Health Care's Fraternal Twins at 50: The Birth and Development of Medicare and Medicaid, Jurist, Nov. 1, 2015; King v. Burwell: ACA Destruction Denied, ACA Expansion Enabled, Jurist, Oct. 28, 2015; Unexpected Twists in the Affordable Care Act Decision, Jurist, July 13, 2012; and Understanding the Health Care Reform Litigation, Jurist, February 16, 2012.


King County Medical Society
  • KCMS Members - $15
Attorneys seeking CLE Credit
  • General Registration - $49
  • Seattle University School of Law  Alumni -  $39
General Registration
  • General Public - $25
  • Seattle University School of Law Students and Faculty - free, on a space available basis

Live webcast and in-person attendance options available.