Insurance Task Force 2019 May Agenda

Heather Morton 5/10/2019

On this page, you'll find all sessions of the NCSL Executive Committee Task Force on Insurance, which will meet Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, in Chicago, Ill., at the National Insurance Crime Bureau's building.

For more information regarding the Task Force on Insurance, visit the task force webpage.

The Task Force meeting is open to legislators and legislative staff. There is a $200 meeting registration fee for non-Task Force sponsors to attend the Task Force meeting. Online registration is available until May 15 (NCSL login and password required).

Attendees are responsible for making his or her own hotel and travel arrangements. The hotel room block has expired, but rooms should still be available at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare.

All task force sessions will be held at the National Insurance Crime Bureau, unless otherwise noted. The National Insurance Crime Bureau is located at 1111 East Touhy Avenue, Suite 400, Des Plaines, IL, 60018. Please contact Heather Morton with any questions regarding the meeting.


Friday, May 17
Time Sessions

Noon-12:15 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions


  • Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island
  • Representative Kevin Petersen, Wisconsin
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Learn: Challenges of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation for sponsoring this lunch session.

The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation is pleased to present a non-partisan, non-advocative “lunch ‘n learn” program on big data and insurance. This session will provide participants with an understanding of what big data is and how it applies to the insurance industry. In addition, leading academic presenters will explore the potential public policy concerns surrounding big data and insurance. In keeping with the mission of The Institutes Griffith Foundation, this session will be unbiased and purely educational.


  • Daniel Bauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin
  • Tyler Leverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin
1:30-2 p.m.

National Insurance Crime Bureau Fraud Update


  • Tim Lynch, National Insurance Crime Bureau, Illinois
2-3 p.m.

Workers' Compensation

Come discuss the hot topics involving worker’s compensation in the states.


  • Josh Cunningham, NCSL, Colorado
  • Chester McPherson, National Council on Compensation Insurance, Washington, D.C.
  • Christy Thiems, American Property Casualty Insurance Association, Illinois
3:15-4:30 p.m.

Supporting Retirement and Medicare Benefits through Health Savings Account (HSAs) Improvements

Legislation to make HSAs more flexible by including them in Medicare and other governments programs is again being considered by Congress and the Trump Administration. These proposals would allow coordination with Medicare and consideration of certain medical financing innovations as HSA qualified under IRS rules. This session will also discuss efforts to encourage states to take into account IRS rules of construction for HSA-qualified health insurance. States frequently introduce legislation requiring all health insurance policies within their jurisdiction to cover certain benefits. If the legislation does not include a safe harbor for people who choose to insure themselves with HSA-qualified coverage, state benefit mandates risk making those people ineligible to contribute to their HSAs and may, as in Maryland, force previously insured people to change plans or go uninsured.


  • Birny Birnbaum, Center for Economic Justice, Texas
  • Kevin McKechnie, ABA HSA Council, Washington, D.C.
4:30-5:15 p.m.

Regulators' 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. D.C., that could affect state insurance regulation.


  • Director Dean Cameron, Idaho
  • Commissioner Glen Mulready, Oklahoma

5:30-7 p.m.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

5464 North River Road, Rosemont, IL, 60018

Task Force Reception
Saturday, May 18
8-9:15 a.m.

Genetic Testing in Life Insurance

The Genetic Nondiscrimination Act prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s genetic information when it comes to health insurance and employment. Twelve states have addressed the use of genetic information in life insurance. Should the protection be extended to life insurance?


  • Birny Birnbaum, Center for Economic Justice, Texas
  • Dr. Robert Gleeson, Physician Consultant, Wisconsin
  • Gilberto Valdes, New York Life Insurance Company, New York
9:30-10:30 a.m. Task Force Business Meeting
10:45 a.m.-Noon

Drug Price Transparency/PBMs


  • Colleen Becker, NCSL, Colorado
  • Andy Chasin, Blue Shield of California
  • Eric Douglas, Prime Therapeutics, Illinois
  • Dana Malick, PhRMA, Colorado