Health Practice Council

The Health Practice Council oversees the Academy’s public policy work on health issues, including Medicare. The Academy’s vice president for health issues heads the council and serves on the Academy Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The Council consists of committee and workgroup chairs and liaisons to other Academy groups working on issues of relevance to the Health Practice.

Staff liaison: David Linn
ASB Liaisons: Donna Novak, Robert Damler
Professionalism Liaison: Alfred Bingham

Chairperson: Shari Westerfield
Vice Chairperson: Laurel Kastrup, Audrey Halvorson

Joseph Allbright
Alfred Bingham
Joyce Bohl
April Choi
Tim Deno
Colleen Driscoll
Barbara Klever
Marc Lambright
Michael Nordstrom
Susan Pantely
Adam Reese
Allen Schmitz
John Schubert
Bruce Stahl
Michael Thompson
Cori Uccello
Thomas Wildsmith

Related Publications

Committee comments on a proposed rule that would lengthen the maximum period of short-term, limited-duration (STLD) insurance through amending the definition of STLD. (April 06, 2018)
Group Long-Term Disability Practice Note Work Group on some of the current practices used by health actuaries in the United States for determining actuarial reserves and liabilities for Group Long-Term Disability Income business. (March 12, 2018)
Health Practice Council Capitol Hill briefing that examines the issues underlying prescription drug spending in the United States. (March 09, 2018)
Prescription Drug Work Group issue brief highlighting prescription drug issues present in our health care system, including cost drivers, the effect on various stakeholders, and possible approaches that might help address the health care cost growth associated with prescription drugs. (March 07, 2018)
Committee comments on the definition of ‘‘Employer’’ under section 3(5) of ERISA—Association Health Plans. (March 05, 2018)
Health Practice Council comments to the Idaho Department of Insurance on allowing health insurers to offer state-based plans that are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act in Idaho. (March 02, 2018)
Committee comments to Office of Regulations and Interpretations within the Employee Benefits Security Administration in response to the Department of Labor's proposed rule on the definition of employer—small business health plans. (February 09, 2018)
Joint P&C/Health Bond Factors Analysis Work Group discussion draft of a report to the NAIC’s Joint Health RBC and P/C RBC Drafting Group on bond factors.
(January 31, 2018)
Committee comments to Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in response to the Department of Health and Human Services’ request for information on promoting healthcare choice and competition. (January 25, 2018)
Health Practice Council comments to the U.S. House and Senate on the potential inclusion of individual mandate repeal in The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (December 12, 2017)