NCSL's Fall Forum: Health Committee Agenda

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012   |   Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

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Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

7:15 a.m. -8:30 a.m.

Teen Pregnancy: The Economic Case for Prevention (Breakfast)
Explore how preventing teen pregnancy can help improve educational attainment, workforce and the economy.

  • Facilitator: Representative Ryan I. Yamane, Hawaii
  • Speakers: Sarah Brown,The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Washington, D.C. - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-12 pages)
  • Andrea Kane, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Washington, D.C.
  • Respondents: Representative Cheri Gerou, Colorado
  • Delegate Don Perdue, West Virginia

NCSL gratefully acknowledges The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy for supporting this breakfast session.

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Health and Human Services Federal Update

  • Presiding: Delegate Don Perdue, West Virginia
  • Presenters: Joy Johnson Wilson, NCSL
  • Sheri Steisel, NCSL

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Reducing Substance Abuse Through Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

Learn about recent national trends and promising state practices to prevent patients from obtaining multiple prescriptions from numerous providers and prevent doctors from overprescribing pain killers.

  • Facilitator: Senator Irene Aguilar, Colorado
  • Speakers: David Hopkins, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentucky - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-15 pages)
  • Christopher Jones, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-13 pages)

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

State Health Reform Activities: What's New?
Hear what a variety of states are doing to implement the major coverage provisions of the federal health reform law and some of the challenges and opportunities.

  • Moderator: Representative Cheri Gerou, Colorado
  • Panelists: William Hazel, Commonwealth of Virginia - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-9 pages)
  • Frank Kolb, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-13 pages)
  • Martha Salazar, NCSL - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-3 pages)

1:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Task Force of Federal Health Reform Implementation
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. Examine the latest news from Washington and the latest news from states.
Presiding: Co-Chairs, NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation [Co-Chair and Panelist Biographies ]  (Adobe PDF logoPDF 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" (Adobe PDF logoPDF 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" (Adobe PDF logoPDF 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.- "Adobe PDF logoPowerpoint" (PDF file-16 pages)

    Multi-State Health Plans in Health Benefit Exchanges

  • Speaker: John O'Brien, Director of Health Care and Insurance, Office of Personnal Management (OPM), Washington, D.C. [Adobe PDF logobiography]
Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

10:30 a.m.-noon 

Off to a Good Start: State Efforts to Promote Healthy Babies
Maternity and newborn costs account for about one-quarter of hospital charges billed to Medicaid. Hospital care for premature and low birth weight infants ranks among the most expensive inpatient treatments. Explore a range of innovative initiatives to improve infant and maternal health, and save money for state budgets.

  • Facilitator: Lonnie Edgar, Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee, Mississippi Legislature
  • Speaker: Michael Lu, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Maryland - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-22 pages)
  • Respondent: Tegan Callahan, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Washington, D.C.- "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-12 pages)