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What's Next for Health Exchanges?

Presented by the Health Policy Task Force

10:30 a.m.-Noon Dec. 1

As the political dust surrounding health care reform settles, states are getting down to the business of establishing health insurance exchanges. Learn more about key health insurance exchanges issues in the 2013 legislative sessions. This workshop will examine exchange planning and implementation efforts—looking at issues for both state-based and federally facilitated approaches, including partnerships.The panel will focus on topics such as governance, regulatory oversight and financing, as well as general exchange policy.

Confirmed Speakers


Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, DIrector of Coverage Policy
Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services
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Paula Flowers, Health Consultant and former Tennessee Insurance Commissioner
Oak Ridge, Tenn. National Laboratory
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Brett Graham, Partner
Leavitt Partners
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Chiquita Brooks-LaSure

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure is the director of coverage policy in the Office of Health Reform (OHR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OHR provides leadership and coordination of the development of the Administration’s policy agenda across agencies for the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Within OHR, Chiquita is responsible for policies regarding health insurance reforms, Exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid coverage.
Prior to joining HHS, she was Democratic staff for the US House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee. There, she played an integral role in the passage of the new health care reform law.

Prior to joining the Committee, Chiquita was a director at Avalere Health, a strategic advisory group that advises clients on health policy. From 1999 to 2003, she worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Chiquita received her AB from Princeton University and her MPP from Georgetown University. Back to speakers.

Paula Flowers

Paula Flowers is currently employed as part of the management team at the Oak Ridge, Tenn. National Laboratory. Also as president of Enovation Group, she provides project development and management services to the government, energy and healthcare sectors.
Flowers served from 2003 to 2007 as commissioner of Commerce and Insurance for Gov. Phil Bredesen. She supervised 800 employees and administered revenues of more than $400 million. Her responsibilities included the regulation of the insurance industry, the securities industry and the array of boards that govern the state's licensed professionals. She also served as the state fire marshal.
A native of Monterey, Tenn., Flowers previously worked as an attorney and an environmental compliance engineer at Y-12. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Tech, a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from McNeese State University, and a law degree from the University of Tennessee, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Back to speakers.

Brett Graham


Brett Graham is a partner at Leavitt Partners and directs Leavitt Partners’ health insurance exchange practice, where he provides strategic advisement and resources to a variety of insurance exchange clients.
Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Graham led the operations and sale of a regional administrator of self-funded benefit plans to Meritain Health. Following the transaction, he led the post-merger integration and was a member of Meritain’s strategy team. Before his time at Meritain Health, he worked as a vice president at UnitedHealth Group within the Ingenix business unit. Graham joined the business development and strategic planning team where he was responsible for conducting analysis on acquisitions and strategic partnerships during a period of hyper-growth where Ingenix completed 26 acquisitions and grew from $280 million to $1 billion in revenue. Later he formed the market research team that developed competitive intelligence. Graham moved to operations and was the business leader for Ingenix’s pricing databases (i.e. MDR & PHCS) where he was responsible for working with large payers to aggregate and analyze claims data.
In a previous role, Graham served as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group where he worked with senior business leaders to develop growth strategies for Fortune 100 clients. His clients were in highly regulated industries with global operations.
Graham holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a Master’s of Public Administration and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Utah. While a student at the University of Utah, he was elected student body president and served on the University Board of Trustees.Back to speakers.