2014 Legislative Summit


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Monday, August 18, 2014

 

10:30 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:

  • Update from the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.;
  • Report on how the Affordable Care Act impacts states as employers;
  • Panel discussion on the health insurance marketplaces looking forward to the 2015 open enrollment season and the 2015 plan year;
  • Update on the small business SHOP exchanges; and
  • Task Force Roundtable, always a highlight of the task force meetings, where task force members report from the field on health reform initiatives, issues and actions. 

Co-Presiding: 

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

7:30 AM -- 8:00 AM 
Breakfast and Introductions

8:00 AM -- 8:30 AM
Update from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. 

8:30 AM -- 9:30 AM
Panel discussion on the health insurance marketplaces looking forward to the 2015 open enrollment season and the 2015 plan year.

Speakers: 

  • Rhonda Degelau, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers
  • Scott Keefer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Geralyn Trujillo, America's Health Insurance Plans, Washington, D.C.  

9:30 AM -- 10:15 AM
Report on how the Affordable Care Act impacts states as employers.

Speaker: 

  • Dolores Mitchell, Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission  

10:15 AM -- 11:00 AM
Update on the small business SHOP exchanges.

Speakers: 

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

11:00 AM -- 12:00 Noon
Task Force Roundtable, always a highlight of the task force meetings, where task force members report from the field on health reform initiatives, issues and actions.



 

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.

  • 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
  • Tony Keck, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Joe Thompson, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

 

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

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

7:15 AM to 8:30 AM

Food and Farm Breakfast: Bringing Together Urban and Rural Legislators

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200ABIJ
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Agriculture
  • NCSL Hunger Partnership
Over the last half century, advancements in agriculture technology have allowed rural farmers to increase the size of their farms and the rate of production. At the same time urban and metro areas have continued to gain a larger share of the population. While each group faces its own distinct set of policy issues, they also overlap in a number of common areas. Join us for a discussion on how urban and rural legislators can work together to benefit our nation's food and farm system.

  • Speaker:
  • Representative John J. Diehl, Missouri
  • Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges ADM for sponsoring this breakfast.
 

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.