Health Reform: A Look Back at the 2018 General Assembly Session and Next Steps
This webinar will take place on May 11, 2018 from Noon - 1:00 PM with A Look Back - providing an overview of the 2018 Session and the budget and legislative outcomes. In the Next Steps section, we will discuss the high priority health care reform related issues that advocates will be addressing. These include the development of Maryland's 1332 Waiver for a reinsurance program; the MIA's rate review process for 2019 health insurance plans; the Medicaid Buy-In option study, and more.
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Beth Sammis, Ph.D. serves as the President of Consumer Health First and is passionate about making insurance more responsive to consumers. She gained an in-depth understanding of the business operations of health insurers through senior executive positions with two large regional health insurers. Through senior positions in government, both at the state and federal level, Beth negotiated regulatory matters and policy issues with insurers, producers, providers, and consumers. As Acting Insurance Commissioner, she represented Maryland at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Beth worked to advance health care reform in Maryland implementing policies to give all small employers access to comprehensive health insurance benefits and consumers information about health maintenance organizations and implemented the initial insurance reforms of the Affordable Care Act while at the Maryland Insurance Administration.
Leni Preston is the Vice President of Consumer Health First. In this role she fosters a collaborative model that brings together a diversity of voices to create effective partnerships that inform our advocacy strategies and advance our mission of health equity. In 2015 she received the Families USA Consumer Health Advocate of the Year Award in recognition of her "outstanding contribution on behalf of our nation's health care consumers." Prior to forming Consumer Health First, Leni's professional career was in the field of interpretive and strategic planning for historic sites, museums, and non-profit organizations.