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2022 State Issues Retreat

Sep 27 - 28, 2022

Connect with leaders from coast-to-coast who are working to make health care better, equitable, and affordable for all Americans. Attendance is limited to AHIP health insurance provider members, AHIP retained counsels, and state trade association executives.

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9:00 am – 5:00 pm
, Registration

The sessions (listed) are in Eastern Time (ET)

11:00 am – 1:30 pm
, General Session

  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am,

    The State of the Industry: The Impact of State Policies on Health Care Affordability

  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm,

    2022 Midterm Elections Outlook


    Former Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Louis Brandeis popularized the phrase that states “are the laboratories of democracy,” and indeed, state legislators introduce thousands of consequential health care bills each session. That makes the 2022 Midterm Elections critical for health insurance providers and anyone concerned about health care policy. With the November election just six weeks away, find out where control of state legislatures is up for grabs, learn about key statewide ballot issues, and get an overview of the current political landscape.

  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm,

    Pharma 101 – Our Efforts to Hold Drug Manufacturers Accountable for High Prices


    Every state sees a myriad of prescription drug legislation each year. This session will feature tales from the ground and a discussion of where we think these debates are headed in 2023 and beyond. This session will feature an open forum where SIR participants can share their challenges, strategies and messages that work, and rumors for 2023.

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
, Break

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
, General Session

  • 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm,

    Fighting Back Against Blank Checks for Providers: Successful Strategies to Keep Patients Safe and Protect Against Unexpected Costs


    As more states consider legislation on prior authorization, an increasing number of legislatures are looking at gold card bills that broadly waive prior authorization. In 2022, several states worked to develop successful advocacy strategies and beat back these proposals. This session will feature industry advocates who deeply engaged in efforts to defeat gold card legislation.

  • 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm,

    White Bagging: Succeeding Against Efforts to Restrict Use of Lower-Cost Specialty Pharmacies


    In more than a dozen states, state hospital associations have sponsored legislation that would prohibit health insurance providers from utilizing specialty pharmacies to safely distribute provider-administered specialty drugs at a much lower cost to employers and consumers. In 2022, AHIP and our state partners have been successful in several states in blocking these bills from passage. Learn from individuals directly involved in these state-level efforts to understand what the most effective strategies and messages are that they’ve employed to resist hospital attempts to pass white bagging legislation.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
, Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 am
, General Session

  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm,

    Messengers Matter: Who are YOU talking to?


    Employers, families, individuals, and taxpayers bear the high cost of health care. For years, insurers have been on the front lines defending access and affordability of health insurance for purchasers. Direct engagement by purchasers of health care and other stakeholders impacted by the growing cost of health care is essential. Participate in a strategic discussion focused on how, where, and when messengers matter.

  • 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm,

    Preparing for the end of the Public Health Emergency


    The public health emergency (PHE) has been extended until October 13 and it is expected to be extended another 90 days. The Administration has said that it will give states a 60-day notice before the PHE expires. Given that states were not notified on or before August 14, the PHE will likely be extended another 90-day period. States across the country are preparing for the end of the PHE. Medicaid agencies are readying for Medicaid redeterminations of an unprecedented scale and federal and state exchange officials are expecting a large number of transitions of coverage from the Medicaid market to the Exchange and the employer markets. Join this session to hear about how the Administration is preparing for this important work.