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Monday, August 18, 2014

 

10:15 AM to 5:00 PM

Mayo Clinic Pre-Conference Tour

Location:
Offsite -Offsite
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Join your legislative colleagues for a special tour to visit the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The bus will leave the Minneapolis Convention Center at 10:30 a.m. and return about 5 p.m. There is no additional fee, but space is limited and an advanced reservation is required. If interested, please email joanne.stroud@ncsl.org. Preference will be given to legislators and legislative staff on a first come basis; other interested attendees may submit their names for a waiting list and will be welcome to join the tour if space is available.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

7:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101ABIJ
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Federal Health Reform Implementation

Health Reform at Year Five: As states look toward 2015, the NCSL Health Reform Implementation Task Force meeting is an opportunity to compare progress, changes and challenges, as well as discuss required steps and options for the phases to come. Legislative health leaders and national and state experts will focus on Exchanges and Marketplaces, Medicaid, the landscape for health insurance, the view from states for employers and providers, and a member Roundtable discussion.

The Task Force members welcome interested colleagues from across the country to join the discussion as they explore evolving changes in the health care in America. The program begins with breakfast and will include:

7:30 AM -- 7:45 AM 
Breakfast and Welcome

Presiding: 

  • Assemblyman Herb Conaway, New Jersey
  • Representative Matt Hudson, Florida

7:45 AM -- 8:30 AM
Update from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Personnel Management 
The 2015 open season and plan year are just around the corner.  These panelists will briefly review preparations underway in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Personnel Management, the agency that oversees the "Multi-State Plans" in the Healthcare Marketplaces.

Speakers:

  • Kathleen Falk, Region V Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Illinois
  • Susan McNally, Senior Advisor, Intergovernmental Affairs, Congressional and Legislative Affairs, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C.

8:30 AM -- 9:30 AM
Outlook - Health Insurance Marketplaces in 2015
Preview what might be expected during the 2015 open season and the 2015 plan year, looking at premiums, participation, network adequacy and other key areas of interest and concern.

Speakers: 

  • Rhonda Degelau, Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers
  • Scott Keefer, Vice President for Government Relations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Laurel Stoimenoff, Vice President, Urgent Care Association of America, Illinois
  • Geralyn Trujillo, Regional Director for State Affairs, America's Health Insurance Plans, Washington, D.C.  

9:30 AM -- 10:15 AM
The ACA Impact on States as Employers
The ACA affects states in many ways.  One of the least explored roles of state governments and the ACA is state government's role as an employer.  Hear the highlights of important issues for states as employers.  

Speaker: 

  • Dolores Mitchell, Executive Director, Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission  

10:15 AM -- 11:00 AM
Whatever Happened to the SHOP Exchanges?
Review what has been going on in the states with regard to the small business SHOP exchanges.  

Speakers: 

  • Representative James Dunnigan, Utah
  • Justin Giovannelli, J.D., Research Fellow, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

11:00 AM -- 12:00 Noon
Task Force Roundtable
Report on health reform initiatives, issues and actions from their states.



 

11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Cooking Up Hunger Solutions: A Conversation with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom A
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Education Committee
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
  • NCSL Hunger Partnership

Celebrity chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern is best known for his popular Travel Channel series but he is also committed to combating hunger in America. Come join this discussion to learn about innovative partnerships, initiatives and data-driven strategies such as Taste of the NFL and Hunger-Free Minnesota, and what state legislators can bring to the table to craft local solutions to hunger challenges.

Book signing with Andrew Zimmern to immediately follow session.


  • Presiding:
  • Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania
  • Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia
  • Speaker:
  • Kim Nelson, General Mills, Minnesota
  • Andrew Zimmern, Travel Channel, Minnesota

 

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Health and Human Services Committee Federal Update and Policy Review

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101ABIJ
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Hear an update on federal initiatives. Review the NCSL policy process and policy directives and resolutions scheduled to be considering during the business meeting on Wednesday, August 20.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Health and Human Services Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101ABIJ
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Consider and vote on policy directives and resolutions and participate in an information session.


 

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

How are Kids Doing in Your State?

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom B
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Children's lives have changed over the past decade -- for better and for worse. Hear how our kids are doing from Lisa Hamilton, vice president of external affairs, at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

  • Panelist:
  • Lisa Hamilton, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Maryland

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Annie E. Casey Foundation for supporting this session.
 

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Transforming Medicaid: Lessons from Pioneering States

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101ABIJ
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Medicaid costs states billions of dollars a year. Learn how states are improving Medicaid quality and value through payment reforms, team-based service models, coordination of care and a targeted focus on the sickest beneficiaries.

  • Speaker:
  • Deborah Bachrach, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, New York
  • William Golden, Arkansas Division of Medical Services
  • Tony Keck, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Opioids and Overdose

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101ABIJ
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Law & Criminal Justice Committee
Abuse of prescription pain drugs and resurgence in heroin use has led to an alarming increase in drug overdose deaths. Hear about steps to address opioid abuse, and actions to provide limited immunity for those seeking help in overdose situations, including administration of antidote medication that can reverse an overdose before it becomes lethal.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Irene Aguilar, Colorado
  • Representative Curtis M. Oda, Utah
  • Speaker:
  • Dr. Gavin Bart, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minnesota
  • Senator Chris A. Eaton, Minnesota
  • Robert Hill, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Virginia
  • Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia

 

5:15 PM to 6:30 PM

An Ounce of Preventive Oral Health, a Pound of Savings

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200H
Some 60 percent of U.S. children have tooth decay by the time they are five years old. Many states are investing in preventive oral health care to help improve children's oral health and decrease related costs, especially for Medicaid and CHIP. Learn about efforts to increase oral health care access and coverage for children, and community level preventive measures such as water fluoridation.

  • Speaker:
  • Kristen Mizzi, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
  • Colin Reusch, Children's Dental Health Project, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges The Pew Charitable Trusts for supporting this session.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

6:30 AM to 8:00 AM

Walk for Wellness

Location:
Offsite -Offsite
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Women's Legislative Network Program
Join your colleagues for the Walk for Wellness, a 5K run or walk through one of Minneapolis' most beautiful green spaces. Meet at Loring Park at 6:30 a.m. Enter the park on 14th Street by crossing Willow, and head to the park shelter building. Loring Park is walking distance from conference hotels, and transportation is not provided. The Walk for Wellness is open to all Summit attendees, and pre-registration is not required. Email Katie Ziegler (katie.ziegler@ncsl.org) with any questions.


 

7:30 AM to 8:45 AM

Protecting People with Life-Threatening Allergies (Breakfast Session)

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M101AB
Continuing Legal Education
More than 11 million Americans have food allergies, including up to 8 percent of children. In severe cases, foods and insect stings can cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. Learn about state actions to improve access to epinephrine for people who may be in jeopardy from unexpected reactions in public places.

  • Moderator:
  • Michael Hely, New Mexico Legislature
  • Speaker:
  • Caroline Moassessi, Nevada Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Alliance
  • Senator Debbie Smith, Nevada
  • Dr. Allan Stillerman, Allergy & Asthma Specialists, PA, Minnesota

 

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Keeping the American Dream Alive

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101FG
A lot has changed since President Johnson declared war on poverty in 1964. Our economy is different and families are more diverse, yet many still struggle to make ends meet. Learn how states can use research on the effects of poverty to shape programs and public-private partnerships to tackle this complex problem and ensure every American has the opportunity to succeed.

  • Panelist:
  • Gregory Acs, The Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Aparna Mathur, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.

 

11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

Alternatives for State Health Innovation

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 2-205ABCD
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Federal Health Reform Implementation
Many state legislators don't believe recent national health reforms are the best or only solution to the nation's health care problems. States have proposed alternative initiatives for insurance reforms and Medicaid programs that contain costs, provide high quality care, coordinate care and services and focus on personal responsibility and preventive health. Hear about and share opinions on state initiatives that can move the country toward a more sustainable health care system.

  • Moderator:
  • Steve Rauschenberger, Rauschenberger Partners, LLC, Illinois
  • Panelist:
  • Representative James A. Dunnigan, Utah
  • Representative Michael Fisher, Vermont
  • Senator Patricia Miller, Indiana
  • Professor Raymond Scheppach, State Health Care Cost Containment Commission; Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia

 

2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

Improving Disability Services and Creating a Sustainable Medicaid System

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Auditorium Room 3
Medicaid pays more than $50 billion annually for services to people with disabilities. Hear about how some states are using managed care to create a fiscally sustainable system of home and community-based services (HCBS) that meets the needs of people living with a variety of disabilities.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Matt Hudson, Florida
  • Speaker:
  • Allan Bergman, HIGH IMPACT Consulting, Illinois
  • Annette Downey, Community Living Services of Oakland County, Michigan
  • Merrill Friedman, WellPoint, Inc., Washington, D.C.
  • Patti Killingsworth, Long Term Services & Supports, Bureau of TennCare, Tennessee

 

3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

States Cracking the Code on Health Costs

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Auditorium Room 3
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
State-run public employee health programs, new insurance and payment initiatives and health exchanges provide many opportunities for innovation and experimentation to tame health costs. Hear what's new and what's working, including bundled or "global" payments, consumer-oriented managed and accountable care models and price transparency.

  • Presiding:
  • Senator Richard T. Moore, Massachusetts
  • Speaker:
  • Mary Edwards, Fairview Health Services, Minnesota
  • Raymond Scheppach, State Health Care Cost Containment Commission, Virginia
  • Maria Schiff, Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.