Health Care Conference Held September 3, 2008 in Baton Rouge
Released: August 22, 2008
The Twelfth Annual Health Care Conference, sponsored by the Louisiana
Department of Insurance, will bring together national experts, state
legislators and state and federal regulators to discuss a variety
of health care topics.
The Conference will be held on Wednesday, September 3, at the Hilton
Baton Rouge Capitol Center. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and DHH Secretary Alan Levine
will open the conference at 8:30 a.m. Commissioner Donelon will also
make closing remarks at 3:30 p.m.
with LaPolitics Weekly, is the keynote luncheon speaker. Senator
Donald Cravins, Jr. and Representative
Charles Kleckley will
speak in the morning on insurance legislation that passed in the
2008 Regular Legislative Session. Agenda topics include panels on:
Consumer Driven Health Care: The Plan of the Future, Health Care
Options and Challenges for Baby Boomers, Health Insurance Coverage
Mandates: How Costly Are They to Consumers? and What Does the Future
Hold for Louisiana’s Private Insurance Market? There will also
be several exhibitors displaying health products and services.
Anyone interested in attending can contact Thomas Clemons at 225-219-4772
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration form and
agenda, along with hotel accommodation information, are listed on
the Department of Insurance Web site at www.ldi.state.la.us. All
licensed life, health and accident producers who attend will be entitled
to earn up to six hours of continuing education credit.
More Information on Health Care Conference Panel Topics
Consumer Driven Health Care: The Health Plan of the Future?
When consumer driven health care was first introduced to the marketplace,
no one could have predicted that Louisiana would be one of the states
with the highest enrollment figures. Panelists will discuss the impact
that consumer driven health care has had on the marketplace and how
these products can be improved upon to achieve greater cost savings.
Health Care Options and Challenges for Baby Boomers
Many baby boomers are being faced with numerous personal health
care decisions in addition to caring for their aging parents. This
panel will provide an overview of the options that are becoming available
to retirees when planning for future health care needs.
Health Insurance Coverage Mandates: How Costly Are They to Consumers?
The issue of health insurance mandates was hotly debated during
the 2008 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Is Louisiana
heading down the wrong path in regard to mandates? Panelists will
discuss the mandate issue in detail including the long-term impact
on costs and consumer access to appropriate health care benefits.
What Does the
Future Hold for Louisiana’s Private
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, UnitedHealthcare and Humana
Health Benefit Plan of Louisiana, Inc.
will discuss the
future direction of Louisiana’s health insurance marketplace.
They will also discuss the growing segment of early retirees and
the options that they have for health insurance coverage before they
attain Medicare eligibility.