Panel to Address "Implementing Health Reform: Are the States Ready, Willing and Able?" April 13
Audience:Open to the Public
"Implementing Health Reform: Are the States Ready, Willing and Able?" will be the topic of discussion at the Woodrow Wilson School at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. Panelists will include Thomas Considine, New Jersey Banking & Insurance Commissioner; Don George, President and CEO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont; (Kevin Lembo, Connecticut State Comptroller, and former State Healthcare Advocate; and Richard Nathan, researcher and former director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. Heather Howard, Woodrow Wilson School Lecturer in Public Affairs will moderate the panel. The discussion is part of the School's Implementing Healthcare Reform series, co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the Center for Health and Wellbeing.
Thomas Considine began his tenure as New Jersey acting commissioner of the Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) on February 8, 2010, and as commissioner on March 24, 2010. Prior to his appointment, he worked at MetLife, Inc., a global financial services company, for nearly 17 years, where he served most recently as vice president & government relations counsel. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Associations and various other financial services industry-related organizations. Considine served as a founding appointee to the NJ Department of Banking & Insurance Financial Services Advisory Board.
Don George, joined Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) in 1993 and has held various and increasing levels of responsibility in the organization. Most recently, he was vice president of the company’s Managed Health Systems division and senior vice president and chief operating officer of The Vermont Health Plan (TVHP). As vice president of the Plan’s Managed Health Systems division, he led the development of medical management and quality programs which resulted in BCBSVT and TVHP being named among America’s Top 50 Health Plans by U.S. News and World Report. He also oversaw performance improvement programs at the Plan that were recognized by the Vermont Council for Quality with the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence.
Heather Howard served as New Jersey’s commissioner of Health and Senior Services from 2008-2010, overseeing a cabinet-level agency with a staff of approximately 1,750 and budget of $3.6 billion in state and federal funds. She was responsible for public health services, regulation of health care institutions, hospital financing, senior services, and health care policy and research. Previously, she served as Governor Jon Corzine’s Chief Policy Counsel. She also has significant federal experience, having worked in the U.S. Senate for five years, as associate director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and as senior policy advisor for First Lady Hillary Clinton, as an Honors Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division Health Care Task Force, and for the U.S. House of Representatives. She is currently a lecturer of public and international affairs at the Wilson School.
Kevin Lembo was elected State Comptroller in 2010 following decades of experience in government, finance and health care. Most recently, he served two terms as Connecticut’s first Healthcare Advocate beginning in 2004. As Healthcare Advocate, Lembo helped thousands of Connecticut residents navigate the complexities of the healthcare system every year. He advocated for patients and their families when they were denied coverage or treatment, and returned more than $25 million to consumers over six years. Lembo previously served as Assistant Comptroller where he helped manage state finances and health care for state employees, retirees, municipalities, non-profits and small businesses. Before coming to Connecticut, Lembo served on a team that designed and implemented a successful long-term home health care program in northeastern New York.
Richard Nathan formerly served as director of the Rockefeller Institute and Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the State University of New York at Albany. Nathan has written and edited books on the implementation of domestic public programs in the United States and on American federalism. Prior to coming to Albany, he was a professor at Princeton University. He served in the federal government as assistant director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, deputy undersecretary for welfare reform of the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare, and director of domestic policy for the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (The Kerner Commission).
This talk is part of the School’s Implementing Healthcare Reform series, co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the Center for Health and Wellbeing.
The Implementing Healthcare Reform talks are part of a thematic lecture series presented in the 2010-2011 academic year that includes Financial Market Regulation; Intractable Conflicts; Race and Public Policy; and Changing Notions of State, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination (co-sponsored with The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination as part of its10th anniversary). Each features four to six lectures and/or panel discussions that convene noted scholars, diplomats, think tank, public policy and government officials to discuss pressing policy issues.