Health Seminar for Newer Legislators

5/5/2017
April 28-30, 2017 | Le Meridien Hotel, Cambridge, Mass.

AGENDA

Objectives

  • Increase knowledge about state roles in health.
  • Learn about strategies and policy options to improve people’s health and health systems.
  • Network with state legislators from other states who have an interest in health.
  • Share your concerns, interests, and health policy successes in your own state.

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Friday, April 28
Time Sessions

1:30-2 p.m.

Welcome and Overview

  • Martha King, group director, NCSL
  • Tahra Johnson, senior policy specialist, NCSL
  • Barbara Boner, director, State Government Affairs, Novartis
2-3 p.m.

State Policymakers’ Roles in Health Policy and Public Health
State governments play a number of roles in health policy, including purchaser, access broker, regulator, guardian of the public’s health, safety net provider and educator. This session will provide an overview of state public health priorities and state challenges and successes related to chronic diseases, maternal and child health, and preparedness and response.

 

Moderator

  • Tahra Johnson, NCSL

 

Speakers

  • Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, Massachusetts Department of Public Health | Powerpoint | PDF file-15 pages
  • Margaret Wile, policy associate, NCSL | Powerpoint | PDF file-24 pages
Saturday, April 29
9-10:45 a.m.

Medicaid: Overview and Innovations
Medicaid accounts for about 20 percent of the average state’s budget. This session will provide an overview of the program, potential forthcoming changes and state efforts to make it more efficient and effective.

 

Moderator

  • Lisa Waugh, program director, NCSL

 

Speakers

  • Kathleen Nolan, managing principal, Health Management Associates | Powerpoint | PDF file-19 pages
  • Samantha Scotti, research analyst, NCSL

State Respondents

  • Senator Richard Briggs, Tennessee
  • Senator Nellie Pou, New Jersey
11-12:30 p.m.

Health Insurance Issues and Health Reforms
State governments play a primary role in regulating insurance plans, whether or not they’ve operated the marketplace exchanges within their states. This session will provide an overview and discussion of state roles in health plan regulation, consumer protections, sales across state lines, innovation, rate review and a timely snapshot update of proposed changes at the federal level.

 

Moderator

  • Martha King, NCSL

 

Speakers

  • Richard Cauchi, program director, NCSL | Powerpoint | PDF file-13 pages
  • Brian Webb, assistant director for health policy, National Association of Insurance Commissioners 
2-3:30 p.m.

Access to Health Care Services
States continue to address health access issues, including providing services in rural areas, implementing telehealth, accessing oral health services and addressing workforce shortage issues.  This session highlights state strategies to improve access to health care services. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss selected topics with experts during a series of table discussions.

 

Moderators

  • Sydne Enlund, research analyst, NCSL 
  • Kate Blackman, senior policy specialist, NCSL

 

Speakers

  • Emily Heller, research analyst, NCSL | Powerpoint | PDF file-13 pages
  • Erik Skinner, research analyst, NCSL    

 

NCSL Content Experts

  • Kate Blackman | Telehealth
  • Sydne Enlund | Scope of Practice
  • Karmen Hanson, program director | Behavioral Health and Peer Support
  • Emily Heller | Community Paramedicine
  • Samantha Scotti, research analyst | Rural Health Facilities
  • Erik Skinner | Oral Health
sunday, April 30
7:30-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast: Q & A
Participants will have an opportunity for informal dialogue with Novartis executives. During breakfast, participants will share challenges in their states and have opportunities to ask questions to top executive officers.

 

Moderator

  • Tahra Johnson, NCSL

 

Speakers

  • Dan Casserly, U.S. country head, Government Affairs, Novartis
  • Jeff Lockwood, global head, Communications, Novartis
8:30-10 a.m.

Prescription Drugs
Prescriptions drugs provide life-saving treatments and help control diseases and debilitating conditions. They also present legislators with challenges, including affording some of the new “miracle drugs” for Medicaid patients and state employees. This session will highlight a range of prescription drug issues.

 

Moderator

  • Karmen Hanson, NCSL

 

Speakers

  • Ashley Noble, policy specialist, NCSL | Powerpoint | PDF file-19 pages
  • Scott LaGanga, senior vice president, State Advocacy, PhRMA  
  • Chuck Shih, Ph.D., MHS, senior officer, Specialty Drugs, The Pew Charitable Trusts
10:15-11:30 a.m.

Emerging Hot Topics and Discussion
Participants will learn about other hot topics of interest during brief presentations about preventing prescription drug abuse, emergency preparedness through the lens of the Zika outbreak, and marijuana (by popular demand from participant surveys) and have the opportunity to discuss other topics with the group.  

 

Moderator

  • Erik Skinner, NCSL  

 

Speakers

  • Kate Blackman, NCSL | Powerpoint | PDF file-29 pages
  • Karmen Hanson, NCSL
  • Margaret Wile, NCSL