Stephanie Cohen to speak at Disruptive Women in Health Care panel, March 30


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The co-founder and CEO of the health and retirement benefits firm Golden & Cohen will talk about “the good, the bad, and the uncertain” impact of health reform on insurance

Washington DC, March 29, 2010 — Stephanie Cohen, CEO of the health and retirement benefits firm Golden & Cohen (, will offer insight into what insurance customers can expect from the health reform tomorrow morning, Tuesday March 30 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Hotel Liaison Capitol Hill.

Cohen will be a panelist at the first monthly breakfast series on health reform, which is hosted by Amplify Public Affairs’ Disruptive Women in Health Care Blog ( and its media partner, The Hill (

The topic: Health Reform: US Patience (not a typo) Pay the Price.

The topic of this first panel in the breakfast series is “Health Reform: US Patience (not a typo) Pay the Price.” Cohen will discuss what she refers to as “the good, the bad, and the uncertain” results of the new health care bill.

“The good news is that people who are uninsured now will have a chance to be insured,” Cohen says. “Some will be subsidized and others may not. The bottom line is that everyone will have access to health insurance.”

The bad news, however, is that we all are going to pay more in taxes.

“There are not many people who like the idea of paying higher taxes, but this is what we will be getting in various forms,” says Cohen. “Health insurance costs are also likely to rise as nothing has been done to address controlling costs.”

Other panelists include Mary Grealy, President of the Healthcare Leadership Council and Disruptive Women in Health Care blogger, and Judy Feder, PhD, Professor at Georgetown Public Policy Institute and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

About the Disruptive Women breakfast series

The March 30 breakfast is the first in eight panels that will discuss different health care-related topics ranging from obesity to music therapy.

The next in the series is entitled, “News (Hot) Flash: Sex, Drugs & Menopause,” and will be held on April 29 at Johnny’s Half Shell restaurant on North Capitol Street. Speakers on this next panel will include Phyllis Greenberger, President and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research and Disruptive Women in Health Care blogger, James Simon, MD, GW Professor, and Susan Wysocki, WHNP-BC, FAANP, President and CEO of National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health.

“I am excited about the launch of the Disruptive Women in Health Care breakfast series as it provides an opportunity to take the knowledge and wisdom of our Disruptive Women out of the computer and into the real world,” says Robin Strongin, president of Amplify Public Affairs and creator of the Disruptive Women in Health Care Blog.

For more information, and to sign up for the breakfast series visit

About Stephanie Cohen, co-founder and CEO
Golden & Cohen,

Since co-founding the Gaithersburg, MD firm Golden & Cohen in 1992, Stephanie Cohen has helped her company grow into a highly successful female-run health care benefits firm serving the greater Washington metropolitan area.

With more than two decades of experience in small group health insurance, disability programs and life insurance, she was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and has served on the prestigious United HealthCare, Coventry, Aetna and Kaiser Broker Council. She also has been a member of the Women’s President Organization, the District of Columbia Insurance Commissioner Advisory Council and The Greater Washington Health Underwriters.

In recent years, Stephanie has grown increasingly frustrated with the ballooning cost of health coverage and has decided to make a change. On October 29, 2008 she hosted the DC Health Summit — a meeting of 100 top health care insurance providers, doctors, hospitals, business owners, and politicians who came together to discuss the value of workplace wellness programs as a way to lower insurance rates. Stephanie’s goal is to establish a consortium of leaders that will begin a national dialog and ultimately develop workable solutions to fix the nation’s health insurance problem.

She is currently working on a book with her husband and business partner, Scott Golden, entitled, “You gotta laugh: Life in the trenches of the health insurance industry.”

Stephanie is also the co-host of Maryland Women Ambassadors for Business, an exclusive mentoring and networking opportunity for business women in the Montgomery County, Maryland area and access to successful women ambassadors in business to maximize the potential of female executives and entrepreneurs by sharing advice, expertise and inspiration. Click here for details:

Stephanie is a native of Maryland, and received her BS in Marketing from University of Maryland, in 1986. She has been married to Golden & Cohen co-owner Scott Golden for 20 years. They have two children.

For more information

To learn more about Stephanie’s insurance firm, visit

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