Forwarded from Joan Huesser, Veteran Affairs

The next conference on deck is the Utah edition on September 15th! As you’ll see below, we’ve lined up some fantastic Keynote speakers. The Detailed Agenda with panel descriptions and a full list of speakers will be released shortly. Make sure to check out the Topical Agenda for a sense of what to look forward to. Get you and your team registered today!

Michael GoldbergHealth Policy Reporter

1. Keynote: U.S. Senator Mitt Romney

We are excited to announce that U.S. Senator Mitt Romney will be joining our Afternoon Keynote session at the 2020 Utah State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference. As a member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP), Senator Romney has a hand in fine tuning any piece of health legislation that makes it out of Congress. In addition to his work on the HELP Committee, Senator Romney has a wealth of knowledge to share regarding the most pressing issues in Utah health care. You don’t want to miss this Keynote. Register today!

2. Q&A: Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost

Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost represents Utah’s 24th District and serves on the House Health and Human Services Committee and the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee. In an interview with State of Reform Reporter Haley Donwerth, she discussed the impetus behind her idea for a “Medicaid Bill of Rights.” “If we can get some paying customers who want that access to low-cost insurance and the provider pool that is part and parcel to Medicaid, I feel like we can drive the cost of Medicaid down because we would be able to improve the risk pool by having healthier people in that risk pool. More patients and lower costs means better reimbursement rates for providers, and with better reimbursements rates for providers you get more providers.”

3. Keynote: Jim Capretta

We are very much looking forward to our Morning Keynote session with Jim Capretta, the Milton Friedman Chair at the American Enterprise Institute and our DC-based columnist. He is one of the more respected thought leaders in the country. As an associate director at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004, he was responsible for all health care, Social Security, welfare, labor, and education issues. Capretta will offer a view from Washington DC on the current state of federal health policy. He has expertise in the politics of health care, entitlement, and US budget policy, as well as global trends in aging, health, and retirement programs. See his latest State of Reform column here.

4. Capitol insiders discuss health policy

One of the most popular sessions we host every year at the State of Reform Conference features political insiders who share their thoughts on health policy. This session will feature some of Utah’s leading government affairs professionals who will talk through the legislative session and where both policy and fiscal conversations are heading. This year we’ve lined up Jessie Mandle, Director of Policy, Voices for Utah Children, Brian Shiozawa, MD, FACEP, Associate Vice President for Health Policy, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Utah, and Matt Slonaker, Executive Director, Utah Health Policy Project. Be sure to bring your questions, as well as your own insights, to a session that is particularly interactive and forward thinking.

5. Utah’s sixth special session today

The Legislature reconvened for a sixth special session of the year today at 10 a.m. On the agenda is the distribution of federal dollars, budget modifications, and organizational reforms to UDOH’s senior management positions. The Legislature will be tasked with signing off on $125 million in CARES Act funding approved by the Executive Appropriations Committee ahead of session. One bill under consideration, S.B. 6006, would create a chief medical advisor position at UDOH and would amend the prerequisites required to become UDOH’s deputy director. On Tuesday, legislative Republicans beat back a Democratic effort to block state money from bailing out a bankrupt coal port in Oakland the state has been trying to develop. The bailout occurs amid the closure of some health clinics due to budget woes.