National Conference on the Individual and Small-Group Markets

  • March 09 – 10, 2017
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

AHIP’s National Conference on the Individual and Small-Group Markets will deliver expert guidance from policymakers, scholars, thought leaders, and industry stakeholders on key policy and operational changes in serving the Individual and Small-Group markets.

Lessons Learned and Effective Planning for the Future

Gain insight into the future of the Individual and Small-Group Markets. Find solutions that deliver short-term stability and long-term improvement.

You’ll uncover lessons learned from real-life experiences serving Individual and Small-Group markets. You’ll gain insight into new opportunities as we explore market trends and uncover ways to develop consumer-focused strategies moving forward.

  • How do we gear up for 2018 and beyond?
  • What’s next for risk adjustment?
  • What works for a viable individual market?
  • How can you best stay connected to customers in a time of change?
  • What is Medicaid’s impact on the individual market?
  • How do we tackle the challenges and opportunities of ensuring affordability and access?
  • What innovations are coming from the states?
  • What’s next for small groups?

Be prepared for the possibilities. Register today.

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Staying Connected to Consumers

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Discuss state-level considerations for changes in the individual and small-group markets.

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Discover the employer perspective on the individual and small-group markets.

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Delve into Medicaid’s impact on the individual market.

  • Overview
  • March 09
  • March 10

Looking at Future Directions


National Conference on the Individual and Small-Group Markets

March 09
7:15 am
5:35 pm

Registration and Information Desk Open

1:15 pm
2:00 pm

Gearing Up for 2018 and Beyond: Lessons Learned from the ACA and Considerations Moving Forward

Welcome and Opening Session

As health plans prepare for future changes, this session will examine key dynamics of the health insurance market and provide insight on how your company can best be prepared for an uncertain future.

Greg Scott

National Leader, U.S. Health Plans Practice and Principal

Deloitte Consulting LLP

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2:00 pm
3:00 pm

Key Policy Considerations for These Evolving Markets

General Session

Congress and the new Administration are moving forward with making major changes to the Affordable Care Act. Amid a fluid and uncertain legislative and regulatory environment, this session will assess efforts to make changes to the ACA and reform the individual market—with a focus on the current policy alternatives and options under consideration in Congress. In addition, this session will assess potential changes though the regulatory process aimed at stabilizing markets this year and beyond.

James C. Capretta

Resident Fellow, Milton Friedman Chair

American Enterprise Institute

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Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, JD

Emeritus Professor

Washington and Lee University School of Law

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3:00 pm
3:20 pm

Break with Table Tops

3:20 pm
4:05 pm

What’s Next for Risk Adjustment in the Individual and Small Group Markets

General Session

This session will examine operational and policy issues related to the implementation of the ACA’s risk-adjustment program. Risk adjustment plays an important role in promoting market stability, a level playing field for health insurers, and affordable coverage options – particularly for those patients with chronic health conditions. Regulations finalized late last year were designed to improve the predictability of the model and deliver more accurate payments. Panelists will discuss and assess the experience of the risk-adjustment program to date, and offer public policy changes that can promote further enhancements and improvements.

Stan Dorn, JD

Senior Fellow, Health Policy Center

Urban Institute

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4:05 pm
4:50 pm

Individual Markets: What Works for A Viable Market?

General Session

The individual health insurance market — which represents an important source of coverage for millions of Americans — has undergone tremendous change since the passage of the health reform law. While it serves more than 18 million Americans, the individual market has faced challenges for many years. Higher average premiums for 2017, fewer health plan choices, lower-than-expected exchange enrollment, and risk pool challenges in certain states and markets have complicated coverage options for millions of consumers. This session will review current challenges facing the individual health insurance markets and policy options that can help promote greater stability and affordability for patients and families.

Sabrina Corlette, JD

Research Professor, Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR)

Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University

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4:50 pm
5:35 pm

State Considerations and Change in the Individual and Small Group Markets

General Session

States have had a lead role over health insurance for many years – and Congress and the new Administration have signaled an even larger role in the future. Hear how state policymakers are planning to navigate an ever-changing landscape, and their priorities to deliver quality, affordable coverage for their citizens.

Kevin N. Patterson, MURP, MPA

Chief Executive Officer

Connect for Health Colorado

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Lori K. Wing-Heier

Director, Division of Insurance

State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

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Trish Riley

Executive Director

National Academy for State Health Policy

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5:35 pm
6:35 pm

Reception with Table Tops

March 10
7:30 am
12:15 pm

Registration and Information Desk Open

8:30 am
9:15 am

Perspectives on the Legislative Landscape: Views from the Hill

General Session
9:15 am
9:55 am

Medicaid’s Impact on the Individual Market

General Session

States that expanded Medicaid under the ACA have seen a dramatic reduction in uninsured rates. Changes to Medicaid eligibility rules have a significant impact on the risk pool of the individual market. This session will examine the impact of changes in Medicaid eligibility – under the ACA and potential future changes – on the individual market and how the industry may adapt to meet the needs of individuals and families.

Deborah Bachrach, JD


Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

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9:55 am
10:10 am

Break with Table Tops

10:10 am
10:55 am

An Employer’s Perspective on the Individual and Small Group Markets

General Session

Employer experts will explore how changes on the horizon in other markets will affect employer sponsored health insurance. From changes that could affect pre-retirees to small employers providing funds for employees to purchase coverage in the individual market, session speakers will provide an overview of general market trends and detail important changes to employer coverage.

Tracy Watts

Senior Partner, National Leader for U.S. Health Care Reform


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Meg Bricker

Principal and Leader

Mercer Marketplace 365 Individual Solution

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10:55 am
11:35 am

The Small Group Market: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

General Session

Small groups need affordable health insurance. Hear what a leading expert anticipates as potential challenges and opportunities looking ahead, and what options and approaches might work to make the small group market more robust.

Karen Bender, FCA, ASA, MAAA


Snowway Actuarial and Healthcare Consulting, LLC

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11:35 am
12:15 pm

Staying Connected to Customers in a Time of Change

General Session

Staying connected to your customers is important for success in any situation, and even more critical in times of rapid change. Gain insights into what works, and how to improve and maintain strong consumer connections.

Katherine Hempstead, PhD

Senior Advisor

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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12:15 pm
12:15 pm


Will we see you in D.C.?

Hotel and Travel Information

The Ritz-Carlton
1150 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037

D.C. in the Spring is where you want to be.
With Cherry Blossoms blooming and the grass on the National Mall greening up, springtime in D.C. is the perfect setting to spark new thoughts as you make plans for the future of Exchanges. Conveniently located, AHIP’s National Conference on the Individual & Small-Group Markets is where you can be a part of the conversation. So sign up for the conference and receive special hotel rates.


The Ritz Carlton is sold out and the room block is closed.

All room reservations must be accompanied by a first and last night’s room deposit guaranteed with a major credit card. If a reservation is cancelled within 21-14 days prior to arrival, the individual will forfeit the deposit of the first and last night’s stay. If reservation is cancelled with 13 days prior to arrival, the individual will be charged the entire length of stay.

Hilton Garden Inn, the overflow hotel, the room block is now closed.


All room reservations must be secured with a valid credit card. Reservations may be cancelled up to 72 hours prior to arrival without penalty. Reservations cancelled less than 72 hours and up until the day of arrival will be charged one night’s room and tax late cancellation fee.  If attendee does not arrive and does not cancel his/her reservation, then the attendee will be charged one night’s room and tax no show fee.


Please refer to the list of hotels provided below that may have rooms available.  These hotels are within a 2-block radius of the Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC.

  • Hilton Garden Inn Washington, DC/Georgetown                   (202) 974-6010
    2201 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037
  • Hyatt Place                                                                                  (202) 838-2222
    2121 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037
  • The Westin Georgetown                                                           (202) 429-0100
    2350 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037
  • Fairmont Washington, DC/Georgetown                                  (202) 429-2400
    2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037
  • The St. Gregory Hotel                                                                (202) 530-3600
    2033 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Washington Marriott Georgetown                                           (202) 872-1500
    1221 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton                                                         (202) 857-3388
    1250 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037
  • Park Hyatt                                                                                  (202) 789-1234
    1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037
  • Renaissance DuPont Circle Hotel                                           (202) 775-0800
    1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
  • Best Western Georgetown Hotel & Suites                            (202) 457-0565
    1121 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 2003
  • One Washington Circle Hotel                                                (202) 872-1680
    1 Washington Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037

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