On March 12 HHS issued its long-awaited and critically important final guidance on insurance exchanges. To help you navigate the complexities — and develop your strategies for the brave new marketplace of the future — AIS has assembled a powerhouse panel of experts:
Get valuable strategic guidance on this long-awaited rulemaking and answers to all of your questions about insurance exchanges.
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On March 12, HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius released the much-anticipated blueprint that states will use in developing and operating insurance exchanges, which HHS must certify or conditionally certify by Jan. 1, 2013. Among other critical issues, the final rules give states the ability to use third-party Web-based entities to sell qualified health plans.
The latest round of rules is complex and extremely important for all stakeholders — health plans, state health officials, hospitals and health systems, brokers, employers and Web-based entities. Hear three of the country’s leading experts on insurance exchanges offer their insights on the new regs ... and steps your organization can take to take advantage of new opportunities. You’ll get all the details about:
JOEL ARIO is a managing director with Manatt Health Solutions (MHS), within the firm’s interdisciplinary policy and business advisory division. Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. Ario was at HHS, where he served as the first director of the Office of Health Insurance Exchanges. There he was the administration’s point person in leading health insurance exchange initiatives under the health reform law. Working with stakeholders, he led development of the regulatory framework for exchanges, including consumer standards, insurer accountability, transparency, state certification, and state and federal partnership opportunities. Before joining HHS, Mr. Ario served as Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner. He also served as the Oregon Insurance Administrator.
JON KINGSDALE was the founding executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, an independent state agency established in 2006 under Massachusetts' landmark health reform legislation. As executive director for the country's inaugural health benefit exchange, Mr. Kingsdale led key initiatives to make health insurance universally available and to reform health care financing in Massachusetts. As a senior executive at Tufts Health Plan for 20 years, he was responsible for strategic planning, product development, public affairs and government relations. Prior to Tufts, Mr. Kingsdale worked in strategic planning and reimbursement at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, researched hospital finances at Harvard School of Public Health, consulted on health policy issues in Washington, D.C., and worked as a reporter for Forbes magazine.
DANIEL SCHUYLER is a director at Leavitt Partners, where he helps guide the firm’s health insurance exchange practice. Prior to his work with Leavitt Partners, Mr. Schuyler was the director of technology for the Utah Health Insurance Exchange, where he was responsible for defining the technical goals and business processes associated with the exchange. Utah’s exchange was only the second of its kind in the United States when created in 2009. Prior to his post with the Utah Health Insurance Exchange, Mr. Schuyler was the manager for the Dept. of Environmental Quality, National Environmental Information Exchange Network.
REBECCA PEARCE was appointed as executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange in September 2011. Prior to her appointment, she was the director of benefits administration at Kaiser Permanente, where she was responsible for negotiating and implementing benefit exceptions for major national companies throughout the Kaiser Permanente organization. She also helped to develop Kaiser Permanente’s national preventative benefit package as required by the Affordable Care Act. Prior to that, she managed the Medicare Advantage product nationally for Kaiser Permanente. She began her health care career in product development at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in Owings Mills, Md., where she was responsible for the growth and viability of each product and/or segment of the market. As the director of the small-group market, she worked with the Maryland Health Care Commission to modify the comprehensive standard health benefit plan benefits to stay within statutory requirements. Pearce earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the University of Maryland College Park. She resides in Baltimore County, Md.
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