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
Barbara Klever
Marc Lambright
Michael Nordstrom
Colleen Omalley Driscoll
Susan Pantely
Allen Schmitz
John Schubert
Bruce Stahl
Michael Thompson
Cori Uccello

Related Publications

Subcommittee comments on the impact on Health Risk-Based Capital (HRBC) from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). (October 18, 2018)
Committee and Subcommittee comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) and Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Aug. 10 proposed rule regarding the adoption of methodology for the HHS-operated permanent risk adjustment program. (September 05, 2018)
Individual and Small Group Markets Committee issue brief providing insights on the potential and challenges of using auto-enrollment in the individual health insurance market. (September 04, 2018)
Report to the NAIC Investment Risk-Based Capital (E) Working Group, Health Risk-Based Capital (E) Working Group, and Property and Casualty Risk- Based Capital (E) Working Group on indicated bond risk factors for the Property Casualty Risk Based Capital Formula (P&C RBC Formula) and the Health Risk Based Capital Formula (Health RBC Formula).
(July 30, 2018)
Joint P&C/Health Bond Factors Analysis Work Group discussion draft of a report to the NAIC’s Health RBC Working Group on Risk-based Capital (RBC) factors related to risk charges for fixed income securities Health-Specific Considerations. (July 10, 2018)
Presentation at the 2018 SOA Health Meeting examining rules surrounding association health plans, short-term limited duration insurance plans, and health reimbursement arrangements from the Trump Administration. (June 27, 2018)
Committee comments on proposed legislation to add a long-term care benefit to the Medicare program, evaluating in terms of financing, benefits, and coordination with other programs. (June 15, 2018)
Individual and Small Group Markets Committee issue brief providing an overview of the general factors underlying premium rate setting and highlighting the major components driving premium changes in 2019. (June 13, 2018)
Medicare Subcommittee issue brief on the three fundamental long-range financing challenges facing the Medicare program. (June 13, 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 on risk charges for speculative grade (SG) bonds. (May 29, 2018)