Developing New State Legislative Health Leaders: State Policy Roles and Opportunities


La Jolla meeting photoHilton Torrey Pines Hotel
La Jolla, California 92037

Nov. 2-4, 2015



  • Increase knowledge about state roles in health.
  • Learn about strategies and policy options to improve people’s health and health systems.
  • Network with state legislators from other states who have an interest in health.
  • Share your concerns, interests, and health policy successes in your own state.

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Monday, Nov. 2
Time Sessions

1:30-2 p.m.

Welcome, Overview & Introductions
Martha King, NCSL - "Powerpoint" (PDF file-7 pages)

2-3 p.m. State Policymakers Wear Many Health Hats
State governments play a number of roles in health policy, including purchaser, access broker, regulator, guardian of the public’s health, safety net provider, and educator.
3-3:45 p.m.

Cell and Gene Therapies: The Next Transformative Pillar of Medicine
Usman Azam M.D., Global Head of the Cell & Gene Therapies Unit, Novartis

4:30-7 p.m. Tour and Reception at Novartis
Barbara Boner, Novartis and Jerry Joyce, Institute Director, GNF
Tuesday, Nov. 3
8-8:45 a.m.

Breakfast: Innovation and Access
August Salvado, MD, Vice President, Early Development, Strategy & Innovation

9-10:15 a.m. Medicaid: Overview and Innovations
Medicaid accounts for about 20 percent of the average state’s budget. This session will provide an overview of the program and state efforts to make it more efficient and effective.
Faculty: Martha King, Samantha Scotti and Laura Tobler, NCSL - "Powerpoint" (PDF file-14 pages)
10:30-11:45 a.m.

Health Insurance Issues and Exchanges
State governments play the primary role in regulating insurance plans, whether or not they operate the marketplace exchanges within their states. This session will provide an overview and discussion of state roles in health plan regulation, consumer protections, and insurance exchange issues and options.
Faculty: Richard Cauchi and Ashley Noble, NCSL - "Powerpoint" (PDF file-9 pages)

1-2:15 p.m.

Access to Health Care Services
States continue to address health access issues, including providing services in rural areas, implementing telehealth and addressing workforce shortage issues. This session highlights state strategies to improve access to health care services.
Faculty: Kate Blackman and Laura Tobler, NCSL - "Powerpoint" (PDF file-12 pages)

2:30-4 p.m.

A Lifetime of Health: State Options to Promote Health and Reduce Disease
Treating chronic diseases accounts for about 75 percent of health costs. Many chronic diseases and conditions are preventable or better managed with appropriate prevention or early treatment. Learn about the burden of chronic diseases and state approaches to reduce the rates of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and infant mortality.
Faculty: Kate Blackman, Kristine Goodwin, Karmen Hanson, Tahra Johnson, NCSL - "Powerpoint" (PDF file-11 pages)

wednesday, Nov. 4

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Prescription Drugs
Prescription drugs provide life-saving treatments and help control diseases and debilitating conditions. They also present legislators with numerous challenges, including affording some of the new “miracle drugs” for Medicaid patients and state employees, and preventing prescription drug abuse. This session will highlight a range of prescription drug issues.
Faculty: Richard Cauchi, NCSL - "Powerpoint" (PDF file-4 pages)
Chuck Shih, Senior Officer for Specialty Drugs, Pew Charitable Trusts

10-11:30 a.m.

Discussion and Emerging Hot Topics in Health Policy
Participants will discuss any of the topics that have been covered and be invited to talk about other hot topics of interest, such as mental health, e-cigarettes, food safety, teen pregnancy, payment reform, marijuana, end-of-life, etc.
Resources: NCSL Staff - "Powerpoint" (PDF file-3 pages)


Wrap-Up and Meeting Adjourns