On August 30, 2010, HHS hosted one-day conference on issues regarding implementation of the Exchanges. Stakeholders discussed several aspects of Exchange implementation, from the needs of consumers and employers to general operations, including eligibility and enrollment of participants, plan qualifications and the role of the Exchanges in promoting delivery system reform. Senior Administration officials from HHS, Treasury, Labor and OPM were in attendance to listen to stakeholder feedback.
Welcome: Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Remarks made by:
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director, White House Office on Health Reform
Jay Angoff, Director, Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, HHS
Phillis Borzi, Assistant Secretary of Labor, Dept of Labor
Michael Mundaca, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, Dept of Treasury
Panel 1: Meeting Consumer Needs
How can health insurance Exchanges educate and reach out to consumers, particularly populations with special needs like children and those without previous contact with government health programs?
Dr. Bill Hall MD, Member of the Board of Directors, AARP
Stephen Finan, Senior Director of Policy, American Cancer Society Action Network
Dania Palanker, Healthcare Policy Coordinator, Service Employees International Union
Jason Helgerson, Medicaid Director, State of Wisconsin
Panel 2: Small Employers
How can Small Business Health Options Programs (SHOPs) help small businesses band together to get a better deal on health care for their employees?
Terri Gardner: National Policy Director, Small Business Majority
Phil Vogel: Sr Vice President, Connecticut Business & Industry Association Service Corps
Vince Malta, 2010 Vice President & Gov’t Affairs Liaison, Nat’l Association of Realtors
Michael Johnson, Director of Public Policy, Blue Shield of California
Panel 3: Qualified Plans & Design
How will plans participate in the new Exchanges? What do qualified plans look like? How will bidding and rating work? How will Exchanges avoid adverse selection?
Christina Nyquist, Vice President, Public Policy, Aetna
Ruth Liu, Sr Director, Health Policy, Kaiser Permanente
Bill Kox, Director of Insurance Bureau, Wisconsin Dept of Employee Trust Funds
Panel 4: Operation of Exchanges
How should Exchanges be governed? Should they be non-profits or state agencies? What minimum standards should they meet? How should an Exchange in non-electing States work?
Rick Curtis, President, Institute for Health Policy Solutions
Michael McRaith, Director, Illinois Department of Insurance
Glenn Shor, Executive Director, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Gary Claxton, Vice President and Director of the Health Care Marketplace Project, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Panel 5: Promoting Quality Improvement and Affordability
How can Exchanges create incentives to improve the quality of health care for all Americans?
Gerry Shea, Assistant to the President for External Affairs, AFL-CIO
Lori Heim, President, American Academy of Family Physicians
Helen Darling, President, National Business Group on Health
Panel 6: Enrollment and Eligibility
How can Exchanges streamline and improve enrollment into private insurance and connect Americans to tax credits and Medicaid?
Andrew Allison, Executive Director, Kansas Health Policy Authority
Jocelyn Guyer, Co-Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF)
Dean Mohs, Executive Director, Brooklyn Healthworks, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Rachel Klein, Deputy Director of Health Policy, Families USA