The first annual conference of the Health Economics Association of India (HEAI) was held in New Delhi in partnership with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). This national conference on universal health coverage in India was held on 11th and 12th April 2012 at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi. The conference aimed to bring together experts from public, private and non-governmental sectors on a platform to discuss implementation challenges of the various recommendations narrated in the High-Level Expert Group report. Mr. Monteksingh Ahluwalia (Deputy Chairperson, Planning Commission) inaugurated the conference with an inspiring speech to the members of HEAI and shared his views on the future of healthcare in India. Speakers were invited across different sectors from across the country including Dr. Poonam Khetarpal (Deputy Director, SEARO-WHO), Dr. Nata Menabde (WHO-India) and Dr. Srinath Reddy (President – PHFI) who also shared their views on universal health coverage in India. The conference was followed by a one-day post-conference symposium (13th April 2012) that involved a few technical sessions on health economics.