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NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation | Meetings and Resources

 
Updated: March, 2014

Plans for the Next Meeting: 

Monday, August 19-Tuesday, August 20, 2014 has been tentatively selected for the next Task Force meeting, as a preconference with NCSL's Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Check again for details and changes.

Latest Meeting: 

PowerPoint Presentations from the December 2013 Meeting: 

Related session of interest: "Tracking, Tracing and Compounding"  Update on New Federal and State Laws- held Dec. 6, 2013.

Task Force Agenda: Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. . This meeting was a pre-conference session being held in conjunction with the NCSL 2013 Fall Forum in Washington, D.C.

TASK FORCE MEETING DESCRIPTION:  Healthcare: What Happens in 2014            

Join task force members to review the latest developments and state roles related to the Affordable Care Act. January 2014 will be a pivotal date in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, even though states have been responding, debating, enacting laws and determining their own course on health reforms for several years.  The new health insurance coverage choices and new Medicaid options may lead to additional legislative decisions about each state’s role in administering, overseeing and changing health activities this coming year.

AGENDA: HEALTHCARE:  WHAT HAPPENS IN 2014?        

8:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions  -Task Force Co-Chairs, presiding - Faculty Bios (PDF 3 pages)

  • Assemblyman Herb Conaway, J.D., M.D.,, New Jersey, chair, Health and Senior Services Committee; member, NCSL Executive Committee; Task Force Co-Chair
  • Representative Greg WrenAlabama (no longer in office, 2014)
  • Special Guest Paul Dioguardi, Director, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.       

8:15-11 a.m. - Health Reform Task Force Sessions

  • “The Roles and Results of Health Marketplaces/Exchanges”

After two months of operation for state run and federally facilitated marketplaces, what are the lessons learned, alternative models and next steps? How will health insurers and providers handle the expected patient load?

  • Brian Webb, Manager of Health Policy and Legislation, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Washington, D.C.
  • Kim Holland, Executive Drector for State Affairs, BlueCross/BlueShield Association, Washington, D.C.; former Oklahoma insurance commissioner.
  • Mark Pratt, Senior Vice-President, State Affairs, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Washington, D.C.
  • Lynn Quincy, Senior Policy Analyst, Consumers Union/Consumer Reports, Washington, D.C. 
  • Changing Times for Medicaid

With state-initiated premium assistance now an approved alternative in Arkansas, will other states include this approach, opt to expand or not to expand eligibility, or pursue other program changes?

  • Cindy Mann, JD, Deputy Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Baltimore, Maryland

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Health Reform, Medicaid Reform & Entitlement Reform:  Can We Have It All?

States and the federal government are juggling health reform, Medicaid reform and moving toward a more balanced budget that will ultimately require entitlement reform. Can we have it all? What role will states play? How can states ready themselves for the opportunities and challenges that will confront them in the coming months and years?

  • Dennis Smith, Managing Director – Washington, D.C. Office, McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP, Washington, D.C.; former Director, CMS/HHS

11-11:30 a.m. - Member State Roundtable          


Recent and Previous Meetings, 2010 - 2013:

2013 NCSL Health Summit: Emerging Changes in Medicaid & the Insurance Marketplace
Aug. 11–12, 2013  held at NCSL Legislative Summit in Atlanta, Ga.

Sponsored by the NCSL Executive Committee Task Force on Health Reform Implementation

The American health care landscape is shifting in dramatic ways as a result of health reform and state activities. The nation’s insurance marketplace will have new options and regulations. Medicaid programs face state decisions and federal guidance on expansion options and other alternatives. Learn the latest on how states, insurers, employers, consumers and providers are responding to the fast-paced countdown toward the Jan. 1, 2014, deadlines in the health reform law.

MEETING PRESENTATIONS AND MATERIALS  (View or download)

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Presiding Task Force Co-Chairs: 

  • Assemblyman Herb Conaway, J.D., M.D., chair, Health and Senior Services Committee,  member, NCSL Executive Committee, New Jersey

  • Representative Greg WrenAlabama (no longer in office, 2014)

Sunday,  Aug. 11, 2013

Welcome and Introductions: 1–1:30 p.m.

Health Care “Marketplaces”:  1:30– 3 p.m.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2013, a new set of health insurance options will be offered nationwide, with variations across all 50 states. These include: health “marketplaces” or exchanges—either federally facilitated, state-based, or state-federal partnerships; newly created multi-state and CO-OP plans; and additional choices offered through the commercial market. Come hear the latest on these developments and learn about essential benefits, technology needs, outreach and education efforts and what it means for your state depending on the direction you have chosen.

Speakers: [view available slide links above]

  • Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, deputy center and policy director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, CMS/HHS, Maryland
  • Susan V. McNally,  senior adviser, Intergovernmental Affairs, Congressional and Legislative Affairs, U.S. Office of Personnel and Management (OPM), Washington, D.C.
  • Sandy Praeger, Kansas Insurance commissioner; chair, Health Insurance and Managed Care, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Kansas
  • Karen Ignagni, president & CEO, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Washington, D.C.

Break: 3-3:30 p.m. This will include mini-booths featuring health professional associations and interests

Employer and Consumer Issues: 3:30-5 p.m.

Employers, large and small, face new decisions and expectations due to the new law. We’ll review and discuss the requirements and potential penalties, as well as how these changes may affect employers, employees and their families.

Speakers:  [view slide links above]

  • Timothy Jost, J.D., professor of law, Washington and Lee University School of Law; NAIC Consumer Representative, Virginia
  • Cheryl Smith, senior practitioner, Health Insurance Exchange Practice, Deloitte Consulting; former director, Utah Health Exchange, Utah
  • Nancy E. Taylor, J.D., outside counsel, Business Roundtable, Washington, D.C./Atlanta, Georgia
  • Geralyn Trujillo, Senior Legislative Representative, State Strategy & Integration, AARP, Washington D.C.

Meet the Sponsors: 5-6 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 12

Task Force Member Roundtable: 8:15-9:15 a.m.     

States vary widely in their actions: some are leading initiatives to implement the law; others have acted to opt-out or seek to oppose or block state involvement in implementing the new law. And several states have proposed alternatives through waivers or other variations. Hear a range of state perspectives as task force members share information about how their individual states are responding to federal health reform.

Medicaid - the Latest Developments:  9:15-11:15 a.m.  [view slide links above]

States face new options and requirements, whether or not they opt to expand Medicaid eligibility. Participate in a discussion on premium assistance, 1115 and state innovation waivers and coverage of special populations.

Speakers:  [view available slide links above]

  • Cindy Mann, J.D., deputy administrator and director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Dep’t. of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
  • Representative Mark Biviano, member, Joint Budget Committee, Insurance & Commerce Committee and Education Committee, Arkansas
  • Senator Karen Keiser, ranking member, Senate Health Committee, Washington [view slide links above]

NCSL Summit bannerAddress by HHS Secretary Sebelius: 11:15 a.m.-Noon
Kathleen Sebelius, former legislator, governor and insurance commissioner and currently secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will close the Health Summit with an update on the final stages of bringing the health insurance marketplaces to life and ongoing efforts to work with states on implementation issues including the Medicaid expansion and the SHOP marketplaces.
Presiding/Introduction:

  • Speaker Terie Norelli, NCSL President, New Hampshire

Speaker:

Health Summit Speaker Highlights


Secretary Sebelius at NCSL Health Summit











Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Washington, D.C.

Sandy Praeger










Sandy Praeger
Kansas Insurance Commissioner;
Chair, Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee,
National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) , Kansas
Cindy Mann











Cindy Mann
Deputy Administrator and Director,
Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services,
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
Karen Ignagni











Karen Ignagni
President & CEO,
America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP),
Washington, D.C. 
 
 

Health Summit Sponsors
We are grateful to the following sponsors for their support of the NCSL Health Summit

  • AARP
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • 1-800 Contacts, Inc.
  • Premier healthcare alliance
  • American Hospital Association
  • Amerigroup Corporation
  • HIMSS

NCSL's Legislative Summit meeting convened Monday afternoon, August 12 at the adjoining Georgia World Congress Center.  Other Legislative Summit details for Aug. 12-15 are online.

 

Spring Meeting: Saturday, May 4, 2013 with NCSL Spring Forum in Denver

The NCSL Federal Health Reform Implementation Task Force met on May 4 , 2013 in conjunction with Spring Forum in Denver.  The Sessions began with a Health Reform Special Briefing* and continued with additional programming from noon to 4:00 PM.

This meeting is an opportunity to review the latest developments on Health Exchanges, Medicaid and coverage expansions, health insurance and consumer reforms. Discussion also will include financial factors, alternatives, recent challenges and other PPACA provisions. Once again, we plan to have federal and state experts on hand and provide an opportunity to hear how your state is responding.
* The Health Reform Special Briefing is a joint event and final segment of the NCSL Spring Forum. All parts of the Task Force meeting, from 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM are open to all Spring Forum attendees.
 
10:30 am-Noon

Special Briefing:  Countdown to Health Reform
(Jointly sponsored by Spring Forum, the NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation and the NCSL Standing Committee on Health)
Room: Mineral ABC
The countdown has begun.  In five  months, exchanges will be open to the public in all 50 states and in eight months, 100 percent federal funding will be available for Medicaid expansion.  What will states do?  Hear how employers, both large and small, are responding to new roles and choices in health care.
Moderators: Co-Chairs, NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation
Assemblyman Herb Conaway, MD, New Jersey

Representative Greg WrenAlabama (no longer in office, 2014)
Faculty: 
Marguerite Salazar, regional director: HHS Region 8, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Denver, Colorado
Joshua Goldberg, health policy and legislative advisor, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Washington, D.C. - PowerPoint (PDF 7 pages)
Christopher Watts, partner, Mercer Health and  Benefits, LLC, Denver, Colorado - PowerPoint (PDF 7 pages)
Steven Wojcik, vice-president, Public Policy, National Business Group on Health, Washington, D.C. - PowerPoint (PDF 9 pages)
Randy Spicer, National Restaurant Association, Dallas, Texas. - PowerPoint (PDF 8 pages)
 

12:00 pm-4:00 pm NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation
Room: Mineral ABC
This Task Force meeting is an opportunity to review the latest developments on Health Exchanges, Medicaid and coverage expansions, health insurance and consumer reforms.  Federal and state experts will be on hand and members will have an opportunity to report on their own state and hear how other states are responding.  Discussion also will include financial factors, alternatives, recent challenges and other Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions. 
Co-chairs, NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation
Representative Greg Wren, Alabama
Assemblyman Herb Conaway, MD, New Jersey
 
12:00-12:45pm Lunch Break and State Legislative Update
(Box lunches will be available to Task Force meeting participants)
Faculty:  Martha Salazar, policy specialist, NCSL Health Program, Denver, Colorado
Richard Cauchi, program director, NCSL Health Program, Denver, Colorado
 
12:45-1:30 pm Task Force Member Roundtable – Reports from the members by state

1:30 -2:30 pm
The Latest ACA News:  Federal and State
Faculty:  Marguerite Salazar, regional director: HHS Region 8, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Denver, Colorado
Joshua Goldberg, health policy and legislative advisor, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Washington, D.C.
2:30 -3:10 pm Exchanges: What’s Next
Faculty: Steve ErkenBrack, JD, board member, Colorado Health Benefit Exchange; CEO. Rocky Mt. Health Plan, Colorado - PowerPoint (PDF 18 pages)

3:10-4:00 pm
Medicaid Expansion Update
An overview of state decisions and federal guidance related to Medicaid expansions as well as  options and innovations such as premium assistance.
Faculty:  Laura Tobler, program director, NCSL Health Program, Denver, Colorado - PowerPoint (PDF 8 pages)
Joy Johnson Wilson, health policy director, NCSL Federal Affairs Counsel, Washington, DC

For questions about the Task Force and related health reform activity, you can always contact the NCSL Task Force staff: 
Dick Cauchi (dick.cauchi@ncsl.org , 303 856-1367) and Joy Johnson Wilson, (joy.wilson@ncsl.org, 202 624-8689)

Herb Conaway, M.D., New Jersey State Assembly
Co-chair, NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform  Implementation
Greg Wren, Alabama House of Representatives
Co-chair, NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform  Implementation
 

 


NCSL Fall Forum banner - December 5-75th Meeting:  Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at NCSL Fall Forum, Washington, D.C.

(Met Jointly with the NCSL Standing Committee on Health)

Major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are slated to “go live” in just 12 months.  States’ responses vary widely. Many have implemented early parts of the law, while many others deferred decisions or expressed opposition during 2012. The Task Force sessions examine the latest news from Washington and latest intelligence from states.

Presiding: Co-chairs, NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation [Co-Chair and Panelist Biographies ]  (PDF file-3 pages)

  • Assemblyman Herb Conaway, New Jersey State Assembly; chair, Assembly Health & Senior Services Committee; vice-chair, State Government Committee
  • Representative Greg Wren, Alabama House; chair, Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Medicaid Policy; vice-chair, AL House Insurance Committee; member, NCSL Executive Committee.
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Member and State Introductions 

Includes a brief snapshot of reform status or posture in each member's state.

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Overview: Where Are We Now? 

A review of the current requirements in the law, including recent interpretations, regulations, opportunities, challenges, funding and possible next steps.

  • Speaker, Gary Cohen, J.D., Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS/HHS), Maryland
  • Speaker: Brian Webb, Manager of Health Policy and Legislation, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Washington, D.C. - "PowerPoint" (PDF file-10 pages)
2:45 - 4:00 p.m. Medicaid Reforms 

States' newly flexible role to select if, when and for how long to accept the eligibility expansion to 133 percent of federal poverty guidelines provides an unexpected option for legislative action. Some Medicaid programs are trying new payment reform approaches as well. State and national experts will share the calculations and possible steps for the 2013 sessions.

  • Speaker: Cindy Mann, J.D., Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.- "PowerPoint" (PDF file-2 pages)
  • Speaker: Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), Washington, D.C.
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. How Health Reform Affects States as Employers 

In many places state government is the single largest employer. The new law changes some provisions of state employee insurance – programs that affect coverage for more than 6 million enrollees nationwide, including most NCSL members.

  • Speaker: J. Richard Johnson, Senior Vice-President, National Public Sector Health Practice Leader, Segal & Company, Washington, D.C.- "PowerPoint" (PDF file-16 pages)

    Multi-State Health Plans in Health Benefit Exchanges

  • Speaker: John O'Brien, Director of Health Care and Insurance, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Washington, D.C. [Biography]

Additional health sessions were held December 4-7 at Fall Forum.
 
For Task Force information please email.     [updated December 8, 2012]


 

Summer Meeting:
Monday, Aug. 6, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at  NCSL Legislative Summit, Chicago, Illinois

The Health Care Law: What's Next?

Updated Aug.  20, 2012 - with featured presentations and audio linked online

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Task Force Meeting (open to NCSL members and Legislative Summit participants) 
ROOM: McCormick Place CC W187abc - Level 1   --  CLE credit was available for the 8:30 am - 11:30 am porton of this session

The Supreme Court of the United States' decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is reverberating throughout the states.  Explore what the ramifications of this landmark ruling mean for states.

AUDIO online iconAudio file now online

Presiding - NCSL Task Force Co-Chairs: [Co-Chair and Panelist Biographies ]  (PDF file-3 pages)

  • Assemblyman Herb Conaway, M.D., J.D., Chairman, Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, New Jersey ]

  • Representative Greg Wren,  Chairman, House Local Legislation Committee, V-C, House Insurance Committee, Alabama 

8:30 - 10:30 a.m. - After the court decision: What is next for health reform and states?

       Medicaid    Exchanges    Challenges Beyond the Courts
       Insurance Reforms and Essential Health Benefits

Panelists [Panelist and Co-Chair Biographies]

  • Professor Larry Singer, J.D., Director, Beazley Institute for Law and Policy; Loyola University School of Law; former legal counsel, America Hospital Association, Chicago, Illinois [PowerPoint presentation]

  • Representative Matt Hudson, Florida House; member NCSL Executive Committee.  [PowerPoint presentation]

  • Cindy Mann, J.D., Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.  [PowerPoint presentation]  |  Video highlight by Director Cindy Mann  | Text of Director Mann's explanation of state flexibility with the voluntary Medicaid expansion.  [link added 8/17/2012]

.CMS Director Cindy Mann at NCSL, Aug. 6, 2012

Cindy Mann, CMS/HHS

  • Michael Hash,  Director, HHS Office of Health Reform; Interim Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS/HHS) [PowerPoint presentation]

10:30 am - 1:00 pm - Responses from states and stakeholders

Reports from Task Force Member States: Including Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

  • Brian Webb, Manager of Health Policy and Legislation, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Washington, D.C. [PowerPoint presentation] (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-3 pages)

  • Paul Skowronek, Vice-President, State Affairs, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Washington, D.C. [PowerPoint presentation]

  • Assemblymember William W. Monning, Chair, Assembly Committee on Health, California [PowerPoint presentation]

     

    Additional August 2012 sessions related to Health Reform also are online.

 

 

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011              
AGENDA 
(with updated links and audio, 12/7/2011)

 

 


NCSL TASK FORCE ON FEDERAL HEALTH REFORM IMPLEMENTATION/NCSL STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH

 

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

NCSL TASK FORCE ON FEDERAL HEALTH REFORM

AUDIO RECORDING ONLINE (Total 4 hours, 49 minutes) Requires a media player on a smart phone or installed on your computer.
The list of presenters, below, now has highlighted time cues so you can listen to one topic or one speaker.   You may click on each speaker’s slides while the audio plays, or just print material for future use.

10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks  - Audio cue at 0:00

Presiding - NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation Co-Chairs:  [Co-Chair Biographies]

  • Assemblyman Herb Conaway, New Jersey

  • Representative Greg Wren, Alabama

Update:  NCSL State Actions on Health Reform Database 

 

10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

 

 


 

 

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Health Provider Panel  [Speaker Biographies- Audio 0:10:00

This session features a private sector panel to discuss how health insurers, hospitals and community health centers are preparing for their participation in the new health benefit exchanges.

  • Dianne Bricker, Regional Director for State Affairs, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Washington, D.C. [Slide Presentation] - Audio 0:12:10

  • Debi Tucker, J.D.,  Director, State  Issues Forum, American Hospital Association (AHA),  Washington, D.C. [Slide Presentation] - Audio 0:23:15

  • Roger Schwartz, J.D., Executive Branch Liaison, Associate Vice President, National Association of Community Health Centers, (NACHC)Washington, D.C. [Slide Presentation] - Audio 0:36:15

 

11:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

 

 


 

Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans:  Hitting the Ground Running in 2014  [Speaker Biographies]

American Health Benefit Exchanges will become operational in 2014. How can quality and efficient management of health plans be assured? What role does accreditation play? This session will review the role of accreditation in the delivery of high quality health care by Qualified Health Plans in Health Benefit Exchanges.

  • Christine Leyden, RN, Senior V-P and Chief Accreditation Officer, Utilization Review Accreditation Committee (URAC), Washington, D.C.  [Slide Presentation] - Audio 1:09:00

  • Paul Cotton, Director of Federal Affairs, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Washington, DC.  [Slide Presentation] - Audio 1:18:00

11:40 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

“Implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: 2012 Preview”

January 1, 2014 is just around the bend. What’s ahead in 2012? This panel of key staff from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will give a preview of the next steps on implementing major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

HHS Panel:

 

  • Paul Dioguardi, Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. - Audio 1:38:45

  • Steve Larsen, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, Maryland - Audio 1:42:30

  • Cindy Mann, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. - Audio 1:59:05

  • HHS Handout: State Exchange Implementation Questions and Answers [Q & A Online]

 

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

JOINT MEETING: NCSL TASK FORCE ON HEALTH REFORM IMPLEMENTATION AND NCSL STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Affordable Care Act and the U.S. Supreme Court: Issues and Implications

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the constitutional challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act next spring. This session will review the key issues before the court.

Speaker:

  • Mark B. Seidenfeld, J.D., Patricia A. Dore Professor of Administrative Law, Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida   [Slide Presentation] - Audio 2:52:35

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

American Health Benefit Exchanges in the States: Member Roundtable Discussion - Audio 4:00:30

The 2012 legislative session is the last opportunity for states to pass enabling legislation for a state operated American Health Benefit Exchanges authorized in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in time for the January 1, 2014 effective date. In addition, the last few dates to apply for and receive federal funds to help with the establishment of the exchanges are near. What is happening in the states? What information do legislators need to move forward? What does the landscape look like for 2012 and beyond? These questions and others will be explored during this roundtable discussion.

 

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p. m.

Budget Update

This session will briefly review the current status of the regular FY 2012 appropriations for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and future budget issues in light of the failure of the “Super Committee” to reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan. Following the budget update, Carolyn Yocom, Director of the Health Team for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), will discuss the recently published GAO report on countercyclical assistance and the Medicaid program.

Speaker:

  • Carolyn Yocom,  Director, Health Care Team, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Washington, D.C.  [Slide Presentation] -Audio 4:31:00

 

Other Fall Forum Health Activities 

NCSL Fall Forum

Health Reform Options: Private Health Exchanges

What role might private health exchanges play in the new world of state health exchanges?  This session will review some of the early thinking about how private health exchanges work in the new and evolving health care system in America.

Speaker:

  • Christopher Condeluci, J.D., Of Counsel, Venable LLP, Washington, D.C. [Slide Presentation] - no audio

See the archive online agenda for more Tuesday through Friday 2011 Fall Forum sessions and speakers 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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