Will Health Care Get a Facelift?

Thursday, Nov. 12 | 1:30–3 p.m.

Congress is deep in debate over how to overhaul American health care. While most agree with general goals to extend health insurance coverage to the uninsured, to bend the curve on escalating health care costs and to improve the nation’s health outcome measures, few agree on where and how to nip and tuck the current system. The decisions will obviously have tremendous impacts on states. This session will address the needed state policy changes—for Medicaid, insurance regulation and state employee insurance coverage—as well as timelines for change. The discussion will also address how much of the increased bill states will be forced to pay.



weilAlan Weil, executive director

National Academy of State Health Policy
Alan Weil is the executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy, an independent academy of state health policymakers working together to identify emerging issues, develop policy solutions, and improve state health policy and practice. The academy provides a forum for constructive, nonpartisan work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health issues facing states.
He previously served as director of the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project, one of the largest privately funded social policy research projects ever undertaken in the United States.  He also served previously as executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, was health policy adviser to Colorado Gov. Roy Romer and was assistant general counsel in the Massachusetts Department of Medical Security. 
Weil is the co-editor of two books and publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals.  He is on the editorial board of the journal Health Affairs, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Health Care Services, the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System, and the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.  He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Harvard Law School.




headleyJon Healey, editorial writer

The Los Angeles Times
Jon Healey is an editorial writer at The Los Angeles Times, where he writes primarily about technology, intellectual property, corporate governance and other business issues.
He is the primary author of an intermittent series of Times editorials titled Rehabilitating Healthcare, which discusses the rationale for a health care overhaul and the competing proposals to expand coverage, improve care and control costs.
Before joining the board, he spent five years as a business reporter at The Times covering the convergence of entertainment, technology and billion-dollar lawsuits. He previously worked at the San Jose Mercury News, Congressional Quarterly and the Winston-Salem Journal. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University.




clineJane L. Cline, insurance commissioner

West Virginia
Jane L. Cline was appointed West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jan.15, 2001.  She also serves as president-elect of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and chair of the Management Committee of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission. 
As West Virginia insurance commissioner, Cline is responsible for the regulation of the insurance market as well as administering the transition of the state’s workers’ compensation system from a state monopolistic system to a competitive private system and successfully prepared the marketplace for the entrance of private carriers beginning July 1, 2008. 
She previously operated a government consulting firm, and had served as commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles and as deputy commissioner for the West Virginia Division of Highways.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.