State Issues Retreat

  • September 28 – 29, 2017
  • Washington, D.C.
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Washington, D.C. Attendance is limited to AHIP’s member health insurance plans, AHIP retained counsels, and state trade associations executives only.

The annual State Issues Retreat fosters a synergistic environment for peer-to-peer sharing, learning, and communicating about your organization’s most pressing issues.

Focused Discussions. Expert Guidance.

Hear from top thought leaders on the specific topics you want — and gain the insight and information you need. Learn from your peers, who are facing similar issues and challenges in a wide range of areas:

  • The continuing evolution of the health insurance market
  • Rx transparency, rebates, coupons, and the drug supply chain
  • Out-of-network “surprise” balance bills
  • Utilization tools such as prior authorization, step therapy, and preferred drug lists
  • Emerging issues for supplemental products, such as LTC, Medigap, and Dental – as well as NAIC model changes
  • Overview of the federal and state political landscape for 2018

At AHIP’s State Issues Retreat, be prepared to roll up your sleeves and participate. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for AHIP health plan members, AHIP retained counsel, and state health plan association executives. Register today.

Attendance is limited to AHIP’s member health insurance plans, AHIP retained counsels, and state trade associations executives only.

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  • September 28
  • September 29
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September 28
7:30 am
5:30 pm

Registration and Information Desk Open

8:00 am
12:00 pm

State Trade Association Executives Meeting (By Invitation Only)

10:00 am
12:00 pm

Retained Counsel Briefing (By Invitation Only)

12:00 pm
1:00 pm

Networking Luncheon

1:00 pm
1:10 pm

Welcome

Leanne Gassaway

Senior Vice President, State Affairs

America’s Health Insurance Plans

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1:10 pm
1:30 pm

AHIP’s Mission and Vision for the Future

Matt Eyles

Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

America’s Health Insurance Plans

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1:30 pm
2:10 pm

Health Plan Priorities in the States

General Session

George Jepsen

Attorney General

State of Connecticut

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2:10 pm
2:20 pm

Break

2:20 pm
3:00 pm

NAIC Update

General Session

Michael F. Consedine

CEO

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

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3:00 pm
3:15 pm

Break

3:15 pm
3:30 pm

Update on AHIP Resources

General Session

Meagan Riordan

Deputy Director, State Affairs

America’s Health Insurance Plans

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3:30 pm
4:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

3:30 pm
4:15 pm

State of Emergency: What’s In Store From Air Ambulances and Free-Standing Emergency Rooms

Concurrent Session

Consumers around the country are experiencing sticker shock from exorbitant bills sent by air ambulance companies and free-standing emergency rooms.  Attend this session to learn what the air ambulance lobby has in store for 2018 and how you can counter and even get out ahead of their tactics.  Also, discover what one trade association is doing to shine a spotlight on the need for greater transparency and more protections for consumers who enter free-standing emergency rooms.  You’ll hear their stories, see their materials, and benefit from these pros’ experience.

Jamie Dudensing

Chief Executive Officer

Texas Association of Health Plans

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Doug Gray

Executive Director

Virginia Association of Health Plans

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David R. Locke

Vice President, State Government Relations

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

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3:30 pm
4:15 pm

The Challenging But Promising Environment for LTC Insurance

Concurrent Session

Industry representatives will highlight the rate stability and insolvency challenges that Long-Term Care (LTC) insurers are facing. State approvals of rate requests have been unpredictable and politicized and the dangers of delaying action on these efforts can be seen in the recent insolvency of a large LTCI carrier. The loss of carriers, whether through insolvency or otherwise, makes it more likely that consumers will not have the benefits of LTC insurance in those markets. It puts a heavy burden not only on LTC carriers who have remained in the market, but also on other health carriers who are also responsible for ensuring LTCI claimants receive the benefits they were promised. Despite these challenges, policymakers continue to believe that there is a critical role the private market can play in financing our nation’s LTC costs. Speakers will also discuss ongoing work with the NAIC, the Interstate Compact, and other key policymakers, that would provide LTC carriers with more certainty in the regulatory framework that support actuarially justified rate increases, enhancement of speed-to-market efficiencies for LTCI products, and the development of actionable and realistic federal policy options that would increase the number of affordable financial protection products for middle-income Americans. All these efforts would potentially pave the way for the private LTCI market to play a more meaningful role in financing the LTC needs of our society.

Marie Roche

Assistant Vice President, LTC Contracts/Legislative Services

John Hancock Life Insurance Co.

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Bob Ridgeway

AHIP Senior Government Relations Counsel, State Affairs

America’s Health Insurance Plans

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4:25 pm
5:10 pm

Concurrent Sessions

4:25 pm
5:10 pm

Telemedicine: Challenges in the New Frontier of Health Care Delivery

Concurrent Session

Irene Krokos, MD, MBA

National Medical Director

Molina Healthcare

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Claudia Duck Tucker

Vice President of Government Affairs

Teladoc

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4:25 pm
5:10 pm

Reacting to the Opioid Epidemic: Background & Guidelines for State Advocacy

Concurrent Session

Kate Berry

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

America’s Health Insurance Plans

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Ward Sanders

President

New Jersey Association of Health Plans

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4:25 pm
5:10 pm

The NAIC: The Hot Stuff to Look For Next Year

Concurrent Session

It may not be sexy, but it’s important stuff that can impact health plans operations and financial performance. This session will provide a quick but thorough summary of the issues pending at the various committees and working groups of the NAIC, with an emphasis on those likely to soon be coming to a legislature (or insurance department) near you. This discussion will cover important topics including the proposed changes to the Guaranty Fund Model Act being changed to address Long-Term Care insolvencies, the newly approved Cybersecurity Model Law and the growing role of “Big Data”. Additionally, changes in financial regulation (i.e. Operational Risk, Group Capital), and the expanding reach of Market Conduct Annual Statements, pre-dispute arbitration clauses, and the possible evolution of market surveillance and market conduct exams will be discussed.

Bob Ridgeway

AHIP Senior Government Relations Counsel, State Affairs

America’s Health Insurance Plans

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Marty Mitchell

Executive Director, State Policy

America’s Health Insurance Plans

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5:20 pm
6:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

5:20 pm
6:00 pm

The Truth Behind the Debate: Coupons and Discounts and Rebates

This panel will address the hidden costs behind pharmacy coupons, discounts and rebates. Learn from the experiences of two key health plan experts in order strategize and plan for the future.

Andy Chasin

Policy Director

Blue Shield of California

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Matt Veno

Manager, Government Affairs

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

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5:20 pm
6:00 pm

2018 Initiatives for Financial Health & Wellness Coverage

Concurrent Session

Kimberly Y. Robinson, Esq.

Director, State Regulatory and Government Affairs

Cigna Corp.

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Geralyn Trujillo

Executive Director, Product Policy

America’s Health Insurance Plans

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6:00 pm
6:00 pm

Day 1 Adjourns

September 29
7:15 am
1:30 pm

Registration and Information Desk Open

7:30 am
9:00 am

What Is Next for Health Care Reform: Federal and State Impacts for the Individual and Small Group Markets

General Session

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Elizabeth Carpenter

Senior Vice President

Avalere

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Jeanette Thornton

Senior Vice President, Product, Employer, and Commercial Policy

America's Health Insurance Plans

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9:00 am
9:15 am

Coffee Break

9:15 am
10:10 am

The Shifting Role of Medicaid Managed Care in Health Reform

General Session

Jeffery A. Drozda

CEO

Louisiana Association of Health Plans

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Nick Holder

Executive Director, External & Public Affairs

America’s Health Insurance Plans

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Derrick W. Smith

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C.; AHIP Retained Counsel

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10:10 am
10:15 am

Break

10:15 am
11:10 am

Utilization Management: Doing What is Necessary

General Session

Miranda Motter

President and CEO

Ohio Association of Health Plans

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Steven Smith

Director of Governmental and Legislative Relations

Florida Blue

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Zach Snyder

Director of Government Affairs

Cambia Health Solutions

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Abigail Stoddard

PharmD, Government Affairs

Prime Therapeutics

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11:10 am
11:30 am

Break

11:30 am
12:45 pm

The Political Landscape and Trends

General Luncheon Session
12:45 pm
1:00 pm

Dessert Break

1:00 pm
1:45 pm

Beyond Transparency: State Solutions to Prescription Drug Pricing

General Session

John Wenger

Sloat Higgins & Jensen Associates; AHIP Retained Counsel (California)

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Tracey Woods

Senior Director, Government Relations

Amerigroup Nevada I Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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Derrell Cohoon

Principal, Capitol Partners, LLC; AHIP Retained Counsel (Louisiana)

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Jesse McCormick

Managing Partner, Capitol Partners, LLC; AHIP Retained Counsel (Louisiana)

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1:45 pm
1:50 pm

Break

1:50 pm
2:25 pm

Effective Engagement with Press, Policymakers and the American People

General Session

David Merritt

Executive Vice President, Public Affairs

America’s Health Insurance Plans

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2:25 pm
2:30 pm

Wrap Up, Farewell Remarks and Adjournment

2:30 pm
2:30 pm

State Issues Retreat Adjourns

Will we see you in D.C?

Fall is a fabulous time to be in D.C.

JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202.393.2000 / 800.393.2503
Website: www.jwmarriottdc.com

Not too hot, not too cold. And always a comfortable setting to plan for your organization’s coming year in public programs. Conveniently located, AHIP’s State Issues Retreats is a great place to get down to business. So sign up for the conference and receive special hotel rates!

As an added bonus, nearby you’ll find plenty of walkable green spaces, D.C.-only attractions like the White House, Smithsonian Museums and the National Mall, and great restaurants for when you need to take a short break from it all.

Area Airports

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Distance from Hotel: 5 miles
Drive Time: 20 minutes

Washington, DC/Dulles (IAD)
Distance from Hotel: 26 miles
Drive Time: 45 minutes

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Distance from Hotel: 31 miles
Drive Time: Approximately 1 hour