Health Committee Presentations: Fall Forum 2011

NCSL Resources

Posted: December 12, 2011


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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.

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 

Martha Salazar, Policy Associate, NCSL  [Slide Presentation] - Audio cue at 0:5:15

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

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

“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]

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Additional NCSL Health Committee Sesssions (No audio)

Medicaid Workshop

Everything You Wanted to Know About Medicaid 1115 Waivers...But Were Afraid to Ask
Participate in a primer session on Medicaid 1115 waivers and the waiver process.

Joy Johnson Wilson, Health Policy Director, NCSL  [Slide Presentation]

Medicaid Global Waivers and Medicaid Block Grants 
Review current global waivers and past Medicaid block grant proposals.

Steven N. Costantino, Executive Office of the Health and Human Services, Rhode Island [Slide Presentation]

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.

Christopher Condeluci, J.D., Of Counsel, Venable LLP, Washington, D.C. [Slide Presentation]