NCSL's 2013 Spring Forum: Health Committee Agenda

Thursday, May 2 | Friday, May 3 | Saturday May 4

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

8:00 am-10:30 am

Site Visit:  Redesigning School Food
More fruits, veggies, whole grains and low-fat dairy products; that’s what is on the menu for school meals.  Join us for a visit to Revolution Foods, a company that has received national notice for its approach to providing healthy, delicious school food and snacks.  See how meals are made, taste breakfast and learn how kids and underserved communities benefit from the work of this new type of business organization. 

1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Federal Update: Health and Human Services (Joint with the Human Services and Welfare Committee)
This session will brief members about the latest health and human services actions on Capitol Hill.

Co-Facilitators: Delegate Don Perdue, West Virginia
Representative Mary Jane Wallner, New Hampshire
Presenters:  Joy Wilson, Health Policy Director, Federal Affairs Counsel, NCSL, Washington, D.C.
Sheri Steisel, Human Services Policy Director, Federal Affairs Counsel, NCSL, Washington, D.C.

2:00 pm-2:30 pm

Donated Dental Services as a Public-Private Partnership (Joint with the Human Services and Welfare Committee)
The national Donated Dental Services (DDS) Program facilitates volunteer services from private dentists to serve low-income people with serious dental problems. Many of them have untreated medical needs because their dental problems cause complications, such as infection risks, which can cost more for Medicaid and Medicare. Come hear how the DDS program partners with states to improve lives and save money.

Facilitator:  Representative Elizabeth Ritter, Connecticut
Faculty:  Bruce Vladeck, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Nexera, New York
Larry Coffee, D.D.S., Founder & CEO, Dental Lifeline Network, Colorado - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-7 pages)

2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Revisiting Mental Health Needs and Services (Joint with the Human Services and Welfare Committee)
The recent tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary and in the Aurora movie theater have spurred states to re-examine their mental health policies and services as one piece of a larger public policy debate. Hear a national overview and about activities in Colorado to improve mental health services.

Co-Facilitators:  Representative Michael Barbieri, Delaware
Representative Elaine Harvey, Wyoming
Faculty:  Donald Mares, President & CEO, Mental Health America, Colorado
Lisa Clements, PhD., Director, Office of Behavioral Health, Colorado
Sheriff Grayson Robinson, Arapahoe County, Colorado

Friday, May 3, 2013

8:15 am-10:00 am

Prescription Drug Use in the States and Lessons from Workers Compensation (Joint with the Law and Criminal Justice Committee, the Labor and Economic Development Committee, and the Human Services and Welfare Committee)
Growing use and abuse of prescription drugs such as opioids is continuing to put more families of injured workers in harm’s way. Explore state legislation and rising concerns over physician-dispensed prescription drugs.

Facilitator:  Representative Curtis Oda, Utah
Faculty:  Richard Victor, Worker’s Compensation Research Institute, Massachusetts
Kathryn Mueller, School of Public Health, University of Colorado, Colorado
David Barbe, MD, Trustee, American Medical Association, Missouri

10:15 am-11:45 am

Marijuana Regulation (Joint with the Law and Criminal Justice Committee)
Colorado and Washington voters have approved legislation, regulation and taxation of marijuana, with limits. Explore how those states will implement the new laws and what kind of intergovernmental impact they may have.

Co-Facilitators:  Michael Hely, Staff Attorney, New Mexico
Representative Curtis Oda, Utah
Faculty:  David Blake, Deputy Attorney General, Colorado
Robert Morrison, Executive Director, National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors, Washington, D.C. - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-18 pages)
Meg Sanders, Chief Executive Officer, Gaia Plant-Based Medicine, Colorado

Saturday, May 4, 2013

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)
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
Representative Greg Wren, Alabama
Assemblyman Herb Conaway, MD, New Jersey
Faculty:  Marguerite Salazar, Regional Director,  HHS Region 8, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Colorado
Joshua Goldberg, Health Policy and Legislative Advisor, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Washington, D.C.
Employer Roles and Choices Panel
Christopher Watts, Partner, Mercer Health and Benefits, LLC, Colorado - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-7 pages)
Steven Wojcik, Vice-President, Pubic Policy, National Business Group on Health, Washington, D.C. - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-9 pages)
Randy Spicer, Vice-President, Health and Insurance Services, National Restaurant Association, Texas - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-10 pages)

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm







 


 

 

 

NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation
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. 

Presiding:  Co-Chairs, NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation
Representative Greg Wren, Alabama
Assemblyman Herb Conaway, MD, New Jersey
 

12:00 - 12:45 pm
Lunch Break and  State Legislative Update
Faculty:  Martha Salazar, Policy Specialist, NCSL Health Program, Colorado
Richard Cauchi, Program Director, NCSL Health Program, Colorado - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-11 pages)

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 and Human Services, Colorado
Joshua Goldberg, Health Policy and Legislative Advisor, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Washington, D.C. - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-7 pages)

2:30 -3:10 pm
Exchanges:  What’s Next

Faculty:  Steve ErkenBrack, JD, Board Member, Colorado Health Benefit Exchange; and Chief Executive Officer, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Colorado - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-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, Colorado - "Powerpoint" (Adobe PDF logoPDF file-8 pages)
Joy Johnson Wilson, Health Policy Director, NCSL Federal Affairs Counsel, Washington, D.C.