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PIA to Participate as State Legislators Discuss Healthcare Reform

State legislators from around the country will meet in Denver May 2-4 to discuss a wide range of issues, focusing heavily on healthcare reform...
May 1, 2013

State legislators from around the country will meet in Denver May 2-4 to discuss a wide range of issues, focusing heavily on healthcare reform. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Spring Forum is expected to examine issues including health insurance exchanges, federal funding and how employers, both large and small, are responding to their new roles and choices in healthcare.

On May 2, the NCSL Health Committee will hear a briefing on the latest actions by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Congress. The meeting will be facilitated by Representative Mary Jane Wallner (NH) and Delegate Don Perdue (WV).

On May 4, the Health Committee will discuss exchanges. Assemblyman Herb C. Conaway, Jr. (NJ) and Representative Greg Wren (AL) will facilitate a discussion with Joshua Goldberg, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC); Christopher Watts, Mercer Health and Benefits; Steven Wojcik, National Business Group on Health; and Marguerite Salazar, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Region 8, Colorado.

Legislators will also discuss pension funding guideline efforts. They will hear updated information on the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) comprehensive set of guidelines on what constitutes a sound funding plan to ensure sustainable, long-term funding for pension benefits, with Timothy Blake from Moody’s Investor Services. The discussions will include how Moody’s may adjust the way it measures public sector pension obligations. They will also hear how Moody’s will evaluate reported and adjusted pension data, including the effects of material pension plan amendments or reforms yet to be reflected in reported pension data.

David Eppstein, Esq., assistant vice president of regulatory affairs for PIA National, will represent PIA at the NCSL meetings.

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