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Health Policy Task Force

Moving Forward on Health Care Reform: With or Without the Affordable Care Act



Friday, May 18
2:30-4:30 p.m.


Reform, whether mandated by the Affordable Care Act or not, is needed to address citizens' demands for quality health care services. Medicaid, state employee health care and, now, health insurance exchanges are potential policy levers to increase quality, improve states' health outcomes and hold the line on costs. This session will highlight replicable initiatives undertaken by states to build an improved health care system responsive to today's fiscal policy context.


Meeting Agenda

Confirmed Speakers

Joan Gardner, Executive Director of State Services
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
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                                        Robert Krughoff, President
                                        Consumers' CHECKBOOK
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Adam Miller, Director, State Health Policy, State Government Affairs
Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
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Dr. William Rowley, Senior Fellow
Institute for Alternative Futures
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I.  Welcome and Member Introductions
II. Health Insurance Exchange Design: Maximizing Information for Consumer Decision-Making
III. Primary Care: Alternative Paths for 21st Century Primary Care


IV. What If: Thinking Through State Health Insurance Decision Points Following the Supreme Court Decision on ACA


V. Associates in Action: Astellas Science WoRx Prorgram

VI. Business Items

Task Force members will have the opportunity to submit, discuss and vote on policy resolutions. Those resolutions passed by the task force are forwarded for further consideration and adoption by the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, and then the Executive Committee.
Task Force members will consider, discuss and vote on health legislation submitted for review.  Recommendations are forwarded to the Suggested State Legislation Committee for consideration and final determination about inclusion in CSG’s annual Suggested State Legislation publication.


VII. Adjourn



Speaker Bios


Joan Gardner
Gardner is the executive director of state Services at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The Association regulates the Blue brand, administers licenses, and helps coordinate national programs to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies so they may provide local leadership and solutions to promote safe, high quality and affordable care. Ms. Gardner previously held a position as vice president, Government Affairs Counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia. She has a law degree from Washington and Lee University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Back to speakers.


Robert M. Krughoff
Robert M. Krughoff is founder and president of Center for the Study of Services/Consumers' CHECKBOOK, an independent, nonprofit consumer organization. The website and various CHECKBOOK publications are designed to help consumers choose high-quality, reasonably priced health plans, doctors, hospitals, and other services. CHECKBOOK has produced its Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees for 33 years and has developed model health plan comparison tools for use by employers and state Exchanges. Under contract to government and private organizations, it conducts many large-scale surveys in which consumers evaluate their physicians, hospitals, and health plans.
Krughoff served as director of the Office of Research and Evaluation Planning in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now HHS) for four years and is a member of various health policy and consumer boards. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Chicago Law School. Back to speakers.


Adam Miller
Adam Miller currently serves as director, state health policy, state government affairs for Astellas Pharma US, Inc. Prior to joining Astellas State Government Affairs, Adam worked in multiple capacities within the sales and marketing organization for both Astellas and Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, where he received multiple honors for his performance.
From 1999–2005, Miller was twice elected to the Mount Pleasant Michigan City Commission, and the City Commission elected him twice to serve as the city’s mayor, the youngest mayor in city history. Adam is a graduate of Central Michigan University, earning both a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in the Geographic Sciences. Adam is currently pursuing his Doctor of Health Administration with a research focus on pharmaceutical economics, ethics in health care and international public health. Back to speakers.


Dr. William Rowley

Dr. William Rowley is a senior fellow with the Institute for Alternative Futures, a leader in the creation of preferred futures. Rowley is a subject matter expert and frequent keynote speaker on possible futures for a full range of health care issues. He has analyzed trends and developed forecasts and scenarios for specific diseases, advances in biotechnology, the evolution of health systems, and the future of various health professions. 
Dr. Rowley is a vascular surgeon who also has extensive leadership experience including being chief operating officer of one academic medical center and chief executive officer of two others. Dr. Rowley received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Minnesota. He achieved the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. Back to speakers.