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An NJ Spotlight Conference: Implementing the Affordable Care Act in New Jersey

Friday, September 20

Metropolitan Room, Newark Club, Newark

8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch will be served/Seating is limited

This event is free

Although the Affordable Care Act became law in March 2010, the two most important dates in its development have yet to be reached. On October 1, 2013, New Jersey residents will be able to enroll for health coverage that will begin on January 1, 2014, through either the online health insurance marketplace or the newly expanded Medicaid program.

The NJ Spotlight Conference: Implementing the Affordable Care Act in New Jersey will explore many of the critical challenges that federal, state, and local officials will face as they move ahead with Obamacare.

This two-session conference will feature the detailed analyses and informed discussion that NJ Spotlight is known for. The conference will feature the thoughtful analyses and conversations that NJ Spotlight specializes in.

Former Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard, who directs the State Health Reform Assistance Network, will be the guest speaker.



8:45 a.m.  Reception and Coffee

9:00 a.m.   Implementing the Health Insurance Marketplace/Exchange

10:20 a.m.  Break

10:30 a.m.  Implementing Medicaid Eligibility Expansion

12:15 a.m.  Keynote luncheon speaker: former New Jersey Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard

1:45 p.m.    Closing remarks



Implementing the Health Insurance Marketplace/Exchange

The primary way that New Jerseyans will purchase coverage is through a federal health insurance marketplace or exchange, a website required by the ACA. What's not clear, however, is how residents will learn about the marketplace -- and about such crucial details as how to enroll for coverage, how to choose a benefits package, and what penalties apply if they decide not to buy coverage. This panel will address those issues, including how outreach will be funded and how the multiple layers of federal and state regulations will interact.

Andrew Kitchenman, healthcare writer, NJ Spotlight


State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex and Passaic), primary sponsor of resolution establishing legislative task force implementing NJ's health insurance exchange 

Dr. JaimeTorres, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Katherine Grant-Davis, President, New Jersey Primary Care Association

Neil Eicher, Deputy Director of Government Relations and Policy, New Jersey Hospital Association

Larry Altman, Vice President of the Office of Health Care Reform, Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Christine Stearns, Vice President Health and Legal Affairs, New Jersey Business & Industry Association

Implementing Medicaid Eligibility Expansion

The other way that some state residents will qualify for insurance is through the expanded Medicaid program created when Gov. Chris Christie extended eligibility to more individuals and families. This panel will discuss how expansion will play out at the ground level, including who will be signing up residents and giving them the requisite guidance. Also on the agenda: the impact of additional patients on healthcare providers, as well as whether the “seamless” application for Medicaid and the marketplace is on track.

Andrew Kitchenman, healthcare writer, NJ Spotlight


Dr. Ruth Perry, Trenton Health Team

Linda Schwimmer, Vice President, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute,

Kathleen Lockbaum, director Salem County Board of Social Services; president, County Welfare Directors Association of New Jersey

John Koehn, Chief Operating Officer, AmeriGroup

Karen Clark, President & Chief Operating Officer, Horizon NJ Health

Jennifer Kuhn, Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan



Additional panelists to be announced as they confirm.


Have questions about NJ Spotlight Conference: Implementing the Affordable Care Act in New Jersey? Contact NJ Spotlight


The Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club
1 Newark Center
Newark, NJ 07102


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