Deltek Analyst Amanda White reports.
The inaugural Health Insurance Exchange Congress Conference, spearheaded by the Institute for International Research (IIR) USA, was held November 9-11 at the Hilton Baltimore. The conference, which gathered state health officials, commercial health plan executives and Medicaid health plan executives, was built off the success of IIR’s Medicaid Managed Care Congress and Medicare Congress events. The conference held several workshops and presentations featuring speakers including:
- Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, director of coverage policy, Office of Health Reform, Health and Human Services Department (HHS)
- Oklahoma Senator Gary Stanislawski
- Jay Himmelstein, M.D., M.P.H; principal investigator for the New England States Collaborative for Insurance Exchange Systems (NESCIES)
- Robert Nevins, chief operating officer for the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector
Interestingly, there was low vendor presence at this debut event. This is quite surprising considering the breadth of information obtainable through attending. The goal of the conference was to bring together varying levels of stakeholders in order to address opportunities and challenges presented by the implementation of health insurance exchanges. Major topics of discussion included creating choice and competition exchanges, federal guidance on the exchanges, case studies of states that have or are in the process of implementing an insurance exchange, and overcoming potential technological difficulties.
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