Roadmap to Reform - 
Capitol Conference 2020 Agenda

We are excited to announce our confirmed keynote speakers at the 2020 Capitol Conference: CMS Administrator Seema Verma and the Blue Zones Project's Nick Buettner. 

Seema Verma is the current administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where she oversees a $1 trillion budget (representing 26% of the total federal budget) and administers health coverage programs for more than 130 million Americans. Administrator Verma is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University. Her editorial commentaries have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times, and Health Affairs, and she also previously served as Vice President of Planning for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indiana. Most recently before heading CMS, she was President and CEO of SVC, Inc.

Nick Buettner is the VP of Product for the Blue Zones Project, a community-wide well-being initiative that positively impacts the health of over 5 million people across the country. Buettner is responsible for taking the Blue Zones longevity lessons to 50 communities across the United States, where he shares both the encouraging real data about Blue Zones areas and their habits and practices as well as his own personal anecdotes about his conversations with these amazing people. 

Sunday, February 23

10:00 a.m. - Leadership Forum Registration
10:30 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. — Leadership Forum for state and local chapter leaders (by invitation)
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Registration
5:30-7:00 p.m. — Attendee Welcome Reception - sponsored by UMB
8:00 - 11:00 p.m. — HUPAC/Vanguard Council Bowling Party at Lucky Strike

Monday, February 24

7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. — Registration  
7:30-  8:00 a.m. — Continental Breakfast - sponsored by Mercer
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. — Breakout Meetings for:

  • State and Local Legislative Chairs
    • o This will serve as a training session for new and current state and local legislative chairs, including a panel of experienced legislative chairs.
  • HUPAC Chairs
  • Media Chairs

9:15 - 12:00 p.m. — General Session - sponsored by UMB

  • Welcome
  • Introductions of NAHU Board of Trustees, HUPAC Board of Trustees, and NAHU Legislative Council
  • Expectations of Event
  • HUPAC and Legislative Awards
  • Den Bishop, President of Holmes Murphy and author of “The Voter’s Guide to Healthcare: A non-partisan, candid, and relevant look at politics and healthcare in America” and “The Book on Healthcare Reform.”
  • Keynote from the Administration: CMS Administrator Seema Verma
  • Industry Keynote: Nick Buettner
    • Blue Zones VP of Product, Nick brings the longevity lessons from areas like Ikaria, Greece, Nicoya, Costa Rica, and Okinawa, Japan to a larger audience, positively impacting the health of over 5 million people.

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. — Lunch on own

1:15 - 2:15 p.m. — General Session

  • Special Announcement from NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein
  • Federal Priorities Briefing
    • Marcy M. Buckner, NAHU Vice President of Government Affairs

2:15-2:45 p.m. — Afternoon Break with Sponsors - sponsored by PFS Insurance

2:45-3:30 p.m. — Breakout Sessions

  • Transparency and Cost Containment: Health Insurance, Completely Reinvented
    • Scott Schoenvogel, President of SimplePayHealth at ACAP HealthWorks
      • Imagine a world where our health insurance system didn’t exist, and we had an opportunity to build it from the ground up. What would we do? Build everything exactly as we have today? Or would we create something better? This isn't your typical business info-session. We'll be launching new short films alongside a live presentation that will illustrate how we've completely reinvented health insurance.
  • Controlling Rx Drug Costs: Pharmacy Benefit Managers - sponsored by Cigna Pharmacy
    • Steve Magosin, Pharmacy Benefit Consultant, Cigna
      • Getting lost on the perplexing pharmaceutical pathway? Steve Magosin will navigate the passages of pharmacy benefit managers to clarify the development of current formulary strategies, how clinical programs can work to deflect trend, and regulatory actions taken by the administration.
  • Medicare: Coalitions Charting the Course 
    • Congresswoman Allyson Scwartz, CEO and President Better Medicare Alliance
    • John Rother, President and CEO National Coalition on Health Care
    • Debbie Witchey, EVP/COO Healthcare Leadership Council
      • The Better Medicare Alliance and National Coalition on Heatlh Care join us to discuss working together in coalitions to amplify our voice and advocate on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries.
    • Justin Lubenow, Executive Vice President at Senior Advisors, LLC, Moderator
  • Compliance/Innovation: Compliance Corner Live! - sponsored by Verikai
    • Joan Fusco, Chief Compliance Officer, Savoy Associates and Chair of the Compliance Corner Committee
    • Annette Bechtold, senior vice president of regulatory affairs and reform initiatives, OneDigital
    • Ross Carmichael, Managing Director – Compliance and Operations, Higginbotham
    • Barb Gerken, Vice President, Director of Employee Benefit Compliance for First Insurance Group
    • Joshua Gertz, Assistant Vice President, Compliance Consultant Alliant Employee Benefits
    • Carol Taylor, Compliance Officer & Account Executive, Kirby Employee Benefits
      • Join NAHU’s Compliance Corner Committee as they address the most common compliance questions and the daily concerns specific to your clients. Submit questions you’d like to see answered ahead of time to legislative@nahu.org

3:45-4:30 p.m. — Breakout Sessions

  • Transparency and Cost Containment: Digital Therapeutics, The Missing Puzzle Piece to Healthcare Access and Affordability - sponsored by mySugr
    • Christina Nyquist, Chief Strategy Officer, Digital Therapeutics Alliance
      • Digital Therapeutics are more than just an app on your phone! Christina Nyquist charts this new territory of benefits, how they can lower costs, and how these treatments are changing the course of healthcare.
  • Controlling Rx Drug Costs: the Impact of Regulation on the Pharmaceutical Industry
    • Nick Rogers, VP, Pharmacy Growth Strategies at UnitedHealth Group
      • Regulations have a ripple effect in the industry, and once a final rule is released there are far-reaching impacts that occur hat may not even seem to be addressed in the rule. Nick Rogers will discuss the effects recent regulations have had on the pharmaceutical industry, and how we can advocate for the administration to focus on the areas that need reform the most.
  • Medicare Advisory Group Discussion
    • Mike Smith, President, The Brokerage Inc., Medicare Advisory Group Chair - TX
    • Maggie Stedt, Stedt Insurance Services - CA
    • Justin Lubenow, Executive Vice President at Senior Advisors, LLC - NJ
    • John Greene, NAHU Vice President of Congressional Affairs - DC
      • Medicare was created in 1965, but much has changed with the program and its beneficiaries over the years, not to mention the complementary private Medicare coverage marketplace has evolved as well. Join NAHU Medicare Working Group as they discuss recent changes to Medicare, NAHU’s advocacy efforts regarding the Medicare Advantage open enrollment, and the role NAHU played in corrections to the Medicare PlanFinder 2.0.
  • Compliance/Innovation: Demystifying Nondiscrimination Testing – sponsored by Triune Technologies
    • NAHU Employer Working Group Section 125 Subcommittee, featuring 
      • Jennifer Berman, CEO and co-founder of MZQ Consulting, LLC
      • Annette Bechtold, senior vice president of regulatory affairs and reform initiatives, OneDigital
      • Samantha Malovrh, ERISA Attorney, OneDigital
        • Are you both baffled and befuddled by the Eligibility Test, the Cafeteria Contributions & Benefits Test, and the Cafeteria Plan Key Employee Concentration Test?   Is this a topic you hope doesn’t come up with your clients when you don’t have your notes in hand?  Reduce your stress and up your game by attending this session where we will dismantle and demystify the process of nondiscrimination testing.  Your clients will thank you for it!

4:45-5:30 p.m. — Breakout Sessions

  • Transparency and Cost Containment: Innovating the Employer Experience - sponsored by MedCom Benefit Solutions
    • Steve Kelly, Co-Founder and CEO, ELAP Services
      • The employer’s perspective of transparency and additional burdens placed on employer sponsored coverage leading to skyrocketing healthcare costs and lack of representation in the ongoing healthcare debate. 
  • Controlling Rx Drug Costs: A Former Regulator's Experience
    • John O’Brien, former Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
      • Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, John O'Brien, will discuss the path of regulatory reform for prescription drug costs.
  • Medicare: Employer Compliance Considerations
    • Ashley Gillihan, Counsel, Alston & Bird
      • As Americans continue to work longer, employers are experiencing more compliance concerns regarding benefits for an aging workforce. Join Ashely Gillihan as he disscuses the role of employers and the rules of the road for Medicare compliance.
  • Compliance/Innovation: NAHU Employer Working Group Think Tank - sponsored by UZIO
    • Dr. Michele Thornton, Thornton & Powell, Inc and Assistant Professor of Health Services Administration at SUNY Oswego, Moderator
    • Annette Bechtold, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Reform Initiatives, OneDigital
    • Gary Cox, Ideal Insurance, Employer Working Group Chair
    • Robert Tierney, Compass Benefit Advisors
      • Calling all NAHU Innovators! Do you think you have an idea that you think can help drive down costs? Are you working with an employer group that is testing out novel solutions to tackle health care challenges? Have you laid awake strategizing a perfect solution to better support employees’ healthcare decision making? Join this break-out session to hear about some of the most innovative approaches from across the industry. We’re looking for everything from well-designed strategies, case studies from clients, back of the napkin brainstorms, or even that good old lightbulb in the middle of the night! Details on submitting your idea coming soon.

5:45-6:30 p.m. — Regional Meetings

  • Region 1 - CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT
  • Region 2 - DE, DC, MD, VA, NJ, PA
  • Region 3 - IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, WV
  • Region 4 - MN, IA, NE, ND, SD, WI
  • Region 5 - AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN
  • Region 6 - AR, KS, LA, MO, OK, TX
  • Region 7 - AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, UT, WY
  • Region 8 - AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA


6:30 p.m. - Dinner on your own

Tuesday, February 25

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.  — Continental Breakfast - sponsored by LifeSecure
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — General Session

  • Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (D-IL)
    • Joined by Dr. Michele Thornton, Thornton & Powell, Inc and Assistant Professor of Health Services Administration at SUNY Oswego
  • Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD)
  • Jim Parker, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Health Reform, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • A Conversation about Population Health Management and its Effect on the Health Insurance Market
    • Dr. Mark Bittle, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University
    • Scott Wham, Director of Compliance and Innovation, Kistler Tiffany Benefits (a OneDigital Company)
  • Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT)
  • Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR)
  • Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR)
  • Randy Pate, CMS Deputy Administrator and the Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
  • Senator Todd Young (R-IN)
  • A special message from Congresswoman Jackie Walorksi (R-IN)
  • Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE)
  • Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA)
  • Legislative Town Hall
    • NAHU CEO, Janet Trautwein
    • NAHU President, Pat Griffey
    • NAHU Legislative Vice Chair, Scott Wham

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. — Lunch on your own

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Lobbying on Capitol Hill

  • Member-arranged visits with Congressional representatives.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. — HUPAC Reception – Top of the Hill at the Reserve Officers Association (ticket required)

  • Attendees of this intimate open-bar reception will get to mingle with approximately 15-30 members of Congress. 

Wednesday, February 26

7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. ​- ​Morning Meditation led by Naama O. Pozniak, CEO of Paz Holding, Inc.

  •  Business attire encouraged ​

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. — HUPAC Capitol Club Breakfast (by invitation) 
9:00 a.m. - Lobbying on Capitol Hill

  • Member-arranged visits with congressional representatives

Please note there is no General Session on Wednesday. This will allow you to schedule morning appointments with congressional offices on Wednesday.