Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, October 3  
7:00 am – 5:00 pmRegistration and Information Desk  
Thursday, October 4  
8:00 am – 5:00 pmRegistration and Information Desk  
8:45 am – 9:00 amWelcome and Introductory Remarks  
9:00 am – 10:15 amOpening General Session
Health Reform Implementation in the Spotlight: State Perspectives Set the Stage 

Len M. Nichols, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University

Bruce D. Greenstein, Secretary, Department of Health and Hospitals, State of Louisiana

Charles J. Milligan, Jr., JD, Deputy Secretary, Health Care Financing, State of Maryland 
10:15 am – 10:30 amBreak  
10:30 am – 11:15 amGeneral Session  

Navigating the New Regulatory Environment

Nick Thompson, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, UnitedHealth Group, Inc. 

Brian Webb, Manager, Health Policy and Legislation, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 

J.P. Wieske, FLMI, Legislative Liaison and Public Information Officer, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, Wisconsin
11:15 am – 12:15 pmGeneral Session

Strategic Alliances to Address Common Challenges 

Amanda Austin, Director, Federal Public Policy, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)

Paul W. Dennett, Senior Vice President, Health Care Reform, American Benefits Council

Ron Pollack, Founding Executive Director, Families USA
12:15 pm – 1:30 pmKeynote Luncheon Session  

The 2012 Political Environment: Speculation and Predictions Abound

Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher, The Cook Political Report, Political Analyst for the National Journal Group and NBC News
1:30 pm –1:45 pmBreak  
1:45 pm – 3:00 pmGeneral Session  

Boots on the Ground: State Trade Representatives Discuss Critical Issues from EHBs to Medicaid Expansion

Charles Bacchi, Executive Vice President, California Association of Health Plans

Jeffery Drozda, Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Association of Health Plans

Wardell Sanders, President, New Jersey Association of Health Plans
3:00 pm – 3:15 pmBreak  
3:15 pm – 4:15 pmGeneral Session  

Making Affordable Health Care a Reality: Examining Strategies to Transform the Delivery System  

Richard Popiel, MD, MBA, Principal AdvancedHealthCare Solutions, LLC

Susan Delean-Botkin, CRNP, MSN, BSN, BS, Owner of FamilyCare of Easton, LLC, and President/Past President/Legislative Chair, Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland   
4:15 pm – 5:00 pmGeneral Session  

A View from the Hill: What does it all mean for Health Care Reform in the States?

Steve Champlin, Senior Vice President,  The Duberstein Group, Inc.

Dan Meyer, Senior Vice President, The Duberstein Group, Inc.  
5:00 pm – 6:00 pmReception  
Friday, October 5  
7:30 am – 12:15 pmRegistration and Information Desk  
8:15 am –9:15 amGeneral  Sessions 

HIPAA Excepted Benefits: Operating in the Reformed Environment
(Breakfast will be provided) 

Jack Friou, Senior Vice President & Director, Government  Relations, Aflac

Sue Rohan, Vice President, Health Policy, Government Programs, Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC)
9:15 am – 9:30 amBreak  
9:30 am – 10:30 amGeneral Session  

Preparing to Play in the Exchanges Marketplace: State-Based, Partnership or FFE Exchange Model

Amanda Cowley, Acting Director, State Health Exchanges, CCIIO

Cynthia Crone, Exchange Partnership Director, State of Arkansas

Leanne Gassaway, MHA, Regional Vice President, State Advocacy, America's Health Insurance Plans
10:30 am - 10:45Break
10:45 am – 11:45 amGeneral Session

Policy Decisions for State Medicaid Programs

Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors

Joan Henneberry, Principal, Health Management Associates
11:45 am – 12:30 pmGeneral Session

Mapping the Future: Where Do We Go from Here?