Insurance Task Force 2018 May Executive Committee Agenda

Heather Morton 5/8/2018

Colorado SkylineOn this page, you'll find all sessions of the NCSL Executive Committee Task Force on Insurance, which will meet in conjunction with the NCSL Executive Committee.

The Task Force will hold sessions on Thursday, May 10, and Friday, May 11. For more information regarding the Task Force on Insurance, visit the task force webpage.

There is a $200 meeting registration fee for non-Task Force sponsors to attend the Task Force sessions. The dinner is open to Task Force members and industry representatives. A registration fee per person will apply for non-Task Force sponsors to attend the dinner.

Attendees are responsible for making his or her own hotel and travel arrangements. 

For more information regarding the NCSL Executive Committee Meeting, visit the 2018 Spring Executive Committee webpage. See you in Denver!

Items in bold denote task force activities. All task force sessions will be held at the J.W. Marriott, unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions regarding the registration to attend the Insurance Task Force meeting, please contact Heather Morton.


Time Sessions

1-1:30 p.m.

Salon 1 & 2

Welcome and Introductions


  • Representative George Keiser, North Dakota
  • Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Salon 1 & 2

State Options for Responding to Federal Health Policy Changes

The president’s recent budget proposal included a section introducing HSAs into Medicare. Prior to his election as Vice President, then Indiana Governor Mike Pence reformed Indiana’s Medicaid services to include an account-based plan design—HIP 2.0—reportedly saving his state more than 5 percent in Medicaid expenditures annually. Are the design of the Medicare proposal and the HIP 2.0 program the future of federal/state program spending as state legislators attempt to cover more residents while at the same time saving enough money to preserve their programs?


  • Director Dean Cameron, Idaho
  • Kevin McKechnie, HSA Council at American Bankers Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Heather Howard, Center for Health and Wellbeing, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs, New Jersey
  • Matthew Smith, Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, Washington, D.C.

3-4:15 p.m.

Salon 1 & 2

Insurance and Tax Reform

The recently enacted federal tax legislation will have yet unknown/unseen implications on insurance providers, insurance products and consumer demand.


  • Bruce Ferguson, ACLI, Washington, D.C.
  • Julie Gackenbach, Confrere Strategies, Washington, D.C.

4:30-5:45 p.m.

Salon 1 & 2

Long Term Care Insurance Products and Guaranty Fund Solvency

Long term care insurance products are the proverbial “ticking time-bomb” and state guaranty funds will bore the brunt of industry insolvencies. Moreover, NAIC recently voted to incorporate long term care guaranty funds with life insurance guaranty funds in an attempt to shore up long term care liabilities.


  • Director Dean Cameron, Idaho
  • Eric DuPont, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
  • Randi Reichel, United Health Group

6:30-9 p.m.

801 Chophouse, Cherry Creek

Task Force Dinner

Dinner is open to Task Force members and industry representatives. There will be a per person registration fee for non-Task Force sponsors to attend the dinner.

9-10:15 p.m.
Moxy Hotel Beer Garden

NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures Dessert Reception

Please join the NCSL Foundation board of directors for dessert and networking. All attendees are invited to attend.


7:30-8 a.m.

Fireside & West Patio


8-9:15 a.m.

Salon 1 & 2

Pharmacy Costs and Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs)

Pharmacy-based and mail-order consumer purchases of prescription drugs were a $235 billion market annually in the United States in 2015. Contracts between a pharmacy and a PBM govern the distribution and sales chain between original manufacturer and the end consumer. These arrangements may include restrictions that mean a pharmacist is prohibited from informing consumers that the drug they want to buy has options, and could be purchased at a lower cost if the consumers paid out of pocket rather than purchasing through their insurance plan. Come discuss how these so-called “gag clauses” have come to the attention of state policymakers seeking to lower drug costs.


  • Director Dean Cameron, Idaho
  • Richard Cauchi, NCSL, Denver
  • Matt Magner, National Community Pharmacists Association, Virginia
  • Sara Orrange, America's Health Insurance Plans, Washington, D.C.
  • Lauren Rowley, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, Washington, D.C.

9:30-10:45 a.m.

Salon 1 & 2

Insurance Regulator Roundtable

Hear from state insurance commissioners on what the state regulatory agencies see as issues to watch in the states as well as what is happening in Washington that could impact state regulation of insurance. The discussion will include a health update, a covered agreement update and likely revisions to the NAIC Credit for Reinsurance Model, the NAIC Data Security Model update, the group capital calculation/macro prudential initiative, and the SEC/DOL/NAIC Best Interest Standard state of play.


  • Director Dean Cameron, Idaho
  • Interim Commissioner Michael Conway, Colorado
  • Commissioner Barbara Richardson, Nevada

10:45-11 a.m.


11 a.m.-Noon

Salon 1 & 2

Task Force Business Meeting

Come discuss what is going on insurance-wise in the states with legislators and discuss plans for the next task force meeting.

5:30-7 p.m.
NCSL Office
7700 East First Place, Denver

Reception with Executive Committee

Buses for the office reception will depart beginning at 5:15 p.m. from the J.W. Marriott.