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The Power Equation:  Engage, Educate, and Empower Employers & Consumers - 
Capitol Conference 2021 Agenda

(All times listed are Eastern Time Zone; sessions will be recorded for later viewing)

Monday, February 22

* Virtual 5k Race - Benefiting HUPAC's Administrative Fund - register here to participate.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. — Meet the Sponsors 
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. — General Session

  • Welcome
  • Introductions of NAHU Board of Trustees, HUPAC Board of Trustees, and NAHU Legislative Council
  • Opening Remarks by Mark Gaunya, NAHU Legislative Council Vice-Chair
  • Keynote: Dr. Deepak Chopra
    • Dr. Chopra is the founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a whole health company at the intersection of science and spirituality. He is a pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation.
  • Keynote:  Shasta Nelson
    • Filled with scientific data, real-world research, and fascinating case studies, Shasta’s programs reveal how healthy relationships at work directly impact employee engagement, team culture, sales, recruiting, and retention. Shasta will provide guidance on building relationships with members of Congress and how to network virtually during the pandemic.
  • Briefing from NAHU Government Relations Staff on federal priorities

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Break with Sponsors
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 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

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. — Breakout Meetings for:

  • State and Local Legislative Chairs
    • This will serve as a training session for new and current state and local legislative chairs.  Including a panel of experienced legislative chairs, a review of the manual, and presentation of new state tracking services.
  • HUPAC Chairs
  • Media Chairs
    • Featuring Susan Rupe of Insurance News Net
  • Professional Development Chairs

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. — Break with Sponsors
5:00 p.m. — Pre-Recorded Breakout Sessions go Live to be Accessed Throughout Conference

  • Breakout Track 1:  Quality and Price
    • These sessions will focus on controlling costs from prescription drugs to what employers can do to impact quality and price through compliance with new transparency rules and recognizing how employers can affect social determinants of health.
        • Compliance Conversation: Hot Topics in 2021 with Danielle Capilla, Vice President of Compliance, Employee Benefits at Alera Group and Joshua Gertz Assistant Vice President, Compliance Consultant at Alliant Employee Benefits
        • Controlling the Costs of Prescription Drugs featuring John O’Brien, former Deputy to HHS Secretary Azar
        • Social Determinants of Health: Why We Should Care? with Scott Wham Director of Compliance and Innovation for Kistler Tiffany Benefits, a OneDigital Company, and Chair of NAHU’s Legislative Council
  • Breakout Track 2:  Innovation and Creativity
    • These sessions will include the Compliance Now blog, a roundtable bringing NAHU members from around the country together to discuss their respective state’s efforts to implement a public option in their market, and what agencies have done and can do to continue to grow throughout the pandemic and beyond.
        • Compliance Now! Blog Powered by MZQ Consulting with Jennifer Berman, CEO of MZQ Consulting and Jessica Waltman, Principal of Forward Health Consulting
        • State Public Option Round Table with Michele Thornton, PhD, MBA, Consultant at Thornton & Powell, Keith Wallace, Parter at Rice Insurance, Brad Niederman of Niederman Insurance Agency, and Mike Wocjik, Senior Vice President at The Horton Group
        • Ways Agencies Are Adapting After 2020 with Dan Mangus Vice President of Sales at MMG Inc. and Olivia Richardson Executive Director of Sales at Senior Marketing Specialists
  • Breakout Track 3:  Market Changes  
    • These sessions will cover changes in the employer market, how Congress is tackling surprise billing and what to expect from regulations as well as how state and federal policymakers are pursuing different types of public option proposals.
        • The Many Faces of a Public Option with Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters
        • Implementing the No Surprises Act with Katy Spangler of Spangler Strategies and the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Bills
        • Group Benefits Compliance: Turbocharged with Paul Roberts, Director of Education and Market Innovation at The Word & Brown General Agency 
  • Breakout Track 4:  Medicare
    • These sessions will focus on innovations in the Medicare market, how the pandemic has changed the delivery of care through telehealth, and new legislative proposals that could affect long-term care insurance.
        • How the Pandemic has changed Care/Telehealth with Dwane McFerrin, Vice President of Medicare Solutions with Senior Market Sales and Mike Smith, President of The Brokerage, and Craig Uchytil and Mike Hoak from Humana
        • Medicare session on The Future of Medicare under the Biden Administration with John Greene, NAHU Vice President of Congressional Affairs and PMJ’s Jonathon Jones
        • Medicare session on LTC with Steve Cain director at LTCI Partners, UMB’s Marc Cohen of UMB, and Christian Chelak, Legislative Aide to Senator Pat Toomey
          • BONUS Session - Ways Agencies Are Adapting After 2020 with Dan Mangus Vice President of Sales at MMG Inc. and Olivia Richardson Executive Director of Sales at Senior Marketing Specialists
  • Breakout Track 5:  Transparency in Action
    • This track is designed to overcome the myth…”transparency doesn’t work”.  Transparency is a principle, not a thing.  Transparency sets the foundation for the value these three innovators are delivering to the market.
        • Digital Risk Assessment for Fully-insured Groups with Peter Borans, Founder & CEO of AMS Intelligent Analytic
        • Restoring the Doctor/Patient Relationship Through a Transparent Membership Model with Dr. Jeff Gold, Founder of GoldDirectCare
        • Insightful Data Analytics Delivered Through a Clinical Lens/White Coat Authority with Dr. Scott Conard, Founder & CEO of Converging Health

Tuesday, February 23

9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. - Meditation Session
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. — Break with Sponsors  
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. — General Session

  • Speakers will include members of Congress, the Administration and nationally recognized thought leaders working to stabilize the health insurance market, featuring:
    • Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) joined by NAHU President Dane Rianhard and NAHU Legislative Council Vice-Chair Mark Gaunya
    • Market expert Avik Roy discussing transparency and the new health insurance market
    • Lauren Crawford Shaver from the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future discussing the threat of single payer and public option proposals
    • Reps. Gallagher and Perlmutter reviewing their bipartisan transparency legislation
    • Rep. Courtney sharing his support for NAHU’s COBRA as creditable coverage legislation
    • Rep. Schrader supporting NAHU’s position on Medicare observation status
    • Sen. Hassan
    • Rep. McMorris Rogers

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. — Lobbying on Capitol Hill

  • Member-arranged visits with Congressional representatives.

5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. — HUPAC Capitol Club Panel Discussion with Senator Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) alongside Senator Shelley Moore Capito (WV)

  • Exclusively for Capitol Club level donors.  To become a Capitol Club level donor contact Nathan Makla.

Wednesday, February 24

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. — Lobbying on Capitol Hill

  • Member-arranged visits with Congressional representatives.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. — Break with Sponsors

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - General Session

  • Speakers will include members of Congress, the Administration and nationally recognized thought leaders working to stabilize the health insurance market.
    • Sen. Cortez Masto (D-NV) shares her plan to fix the family glitch
    • Acting CCIIO Director Jeff Grant discusses the Healthcare.gov Feb 15-May 15 Special Enrollment Period
    • Rep. Blunt Rochester shares her support for increasing access to telehealth
    • Partnership for Employer Sponsored Coverage’s Christine Pollack discussing the importance of the employer market with Scott Benefit Solutions’ Greg Stancil
    • Rep. Franklin
    • Rep. Stefanik
    • Rep. Rochester
  • Presentation of NAHU Awards
  • Presentation of HUPAC Awards
  • Legislative Open Forum and Town Hall

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. — Lobbying on Capitol HIll

  • Member-arranged visits with Congressional representatives.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. — NAHU Power Hour

  • Connect with members across the country to network and discuss your experiences at this year’s Capitol Conference.

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. — HUPAC Cocktail Hour with Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10)

    • Whether you are planning to attend Capitol Conference 2021, we encourage you to virtually hear from an esteemed Member of Congress along with fellow NAHU members to close out the 2021 Capitol Conference with a fun virtual cocktail hour.
    • Click here to register for this event.

Thursday, February 25

Chapters may continue to make appointments with their members of Congress and lobby on Capitol Hill if they were not able to schedule their meetings during the previous days.

*Due to the pandemic, lobbying will be conducted virtually. NAHU staff will be providing a webinar with guidance for state legislative chairs and presidents on how to set up virtual meetings with members of Congress.