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AARP ND - AARP North Dakota Legislative Briefing

Start Date:11/10/2020

Start Time:4:30 PM CST

Duration:60 minutes

Abstract:

Join us on Tuesday, November 10 at 4:30 pm for the AARP North Dakota Legislative Briefing featuring James McSpadden, Senior Policy Advisor from the AARP Public Policy Institute and Amy Kelbic, Senior Legislative Representative, AARP. This briefing is an opportunity for you learn more about AARP’s priorities for the 2021 legislative session including a comprehensive overview of policy solutions related to cutting the cost of prescription drugs for North Dakotans.

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Speakers

Janelle Moos

Advocacy Director

AARP North Dakota

Janelle Moos is the Associate State Director of Advocacy for AARP North Dakota where she has primary responsibility for organizing and coordinating state and federal advocacy on issues of importance to the 86,000 AARP members in North Dakota, as well as a key role in supporting volunteers and members who are engaged in working on those issues. Prior to joining AARP North Dakota, Moos spent nearly 20 years leading the policy and advocacy initiatives for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault where she served on numerous state and national boards and commissions. Moos received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Minnesota State University at Moorhead and her Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Minot State University.

Josh Askvig

State Director

AARP North Dakota

Josh Askvig is the State Director for AARP North Dakota. He had previously served as the Associate State Director for Advocacy for the organization. In that role Josh led AARP North Dakota’s efforts to successfully get the state to implement Medicaid Expansion. He also led the volunteer engagement effort to get the state to conduct a statewide study on family caregiver support needs. Josh has a broad background in advocacy and election work, having worked on Capitol Hill, as a campaign consultant, lobbyist, appointee and served two terms as a Bismarck City Commissioner, where he gained a broad background in community planning and design. He is a former aide to U.S. Senator Kent Conrad in his Washington, DC, office and received his Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University. Prior to working for AARP he spent 5 years as a field staffer and Government Relations Director at the North Dakota Education Association. He is an endurance junkie and avid runner who time qualified and completed the 2014 Boston Marathon and finished Ironman Wisconsin in 2019. Josh resides in Bismarck, with his wife Crystal and his 3 children.

James McSpadden

Senior Policy Advisor

AARP

James McSpadden is a senior policy advisor with AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI). His work focuses on prescription drug coverage, access, and utilization issues as well as prescription drug pricing and private health insurance. Prior to joining PPI in 2020, James spent six years with AARP’s Government Affairs team and supported AARP state offices as they advocated for health policy changes on a wide variety of health issues, including prescription drug reform. Previously, James directed the advocacy for AARP’s District of Columbia state office and served as the Director of a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that provided housing and supports to low-income, at-risk older adults.

Amy Kelbick

Senior Legislative Representative

AARP

Amy is a Senior Legislative Representative at AARP, where she focuses on prescription drug and Medicaid policy, and leads AARP’s federal advocacy on prescription drugs. Prior to joining AARP's federal health advocacy team in 2017, she worked in the House of Representatives for 8 years, most recently as Senior Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. Amy got her start in politics in 2008, when she joined a congressional re-election campaign, working as a field organizer in her home state of Connecticut. It was that experience that inspired her to move to Washington D.C. with the hopes of finding a job on Capitol Hill.
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