Bios of Panelists for May 14 Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON with House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan, the Office of Gov. Herbert, and Leavitt Partners


SALT LAKE CITY, May 11, 2015 - In preparation for the Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON Event on Thursday, May 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., UtahBreakfast.com published the photos and bios for the panelists.

Among the officials who have confirmed their attendance include House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan; Nate Checketts of the Utah State Department of Health, and who oversees the state's Medicaid program; and Leavitt Partners health policy expert Laura Summers.

The event, "Designing a Medicaid Expansion That is Fiscally Responsible," is the regularly-scheduled May event of the Utah Breakfast Club, a monthly business and policy-oriented discussion forum aimed at crafting solutions for Utah problems.

"The diversity and significance of panelists for our May 14 luncheon event demonstrate the timeliness and relevance that we aim to achieve at our monthly forum," said Drew Clark, Of Counsel at Kirton McConkie and Founder of the Utah Breakfast Club. "If you care about the issue of Medicaid Expansion, come to our May 14 luncheon and be a part of the conversation."

Registration for the event -- which includes a boxed lunch -- is $15, plus a fee, for Utah Breakfast Club members. (That's a 40% discount!) There is currently no charge to become a member of the Utah Breakfast Club. The regular registration price is $25, plus a fee. For those unable to make the event, a FREE Webcast will be available at UtahBreakfast.com.

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Designing a Medicaid Expansion That is Fiscally Responsible
Utah Breakfast Club Event
Utah State Capitol Complex, State Office Building Auditorium
Thursday, May 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Webcast begins at 12 Noon at UtahBreakfast.com. Use hashtag #UtahBreakfast

The need to tackle health care challenges brought on by the Affordable Care Act has plagued the Utah Legislature for more than a year. Gov. Gary Herbert is trying to revive his "Healthy Utah" plan. Can fairness to poor adults who don't otherwise qualify for Medicaid be balanced against the fiscal responsibility concerns of a potentially dramatic expansion of Medicaid?

CONFIRMED PANELISTS:

  • Nate Checketts, Deputy Director, Utah's Medicaid Program

Nate Checketts is an Assistant Division Director at the Utah Department of Health where he helps oversee Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) activities.  He helped develop Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan and staffed the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Options Community Workgroup and Health Innovations Summit.  Nate has previously been the director of CHIP, a budget analyst in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, and a senior auditor for the California State Auditor’s Office.

  • RyLee Curtis, Senior  Policy Analyst, Utah Health Policy Project

RyLee was born and raised in Davis County, Utah. She graduated with a dual degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Utah, where she finished her Master’s degree in Public Policy. Before joining UHPP, RyLee worked as a medical assistant and intake coordinator at a Davis County clinic. She also interned with UHPP in 2012, where she focused on Medicaid policy and outreach. Returning to UHPP, RyLee is ready to create health policy that promotes high quality, affordable, and comprehensive coverage for all people in Utah.

  • Josh Daniels, Policy Assistant, Libertas Institute

Josh Daniels brings a broad range of educational and practical experience to Libertas. Having studied economics, business, and political science, and having recently obtained a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, Josh adds strong value to our policy research and advocacy. His experience also includes eight years in the Marine Corps and work on state and federal campaigns. Prior to his employment with Libertas, he was a senior aide to U.S. Congressman Pete Olson in Texas.

  • Jim Dunnigan, Majority Leader, Utah House of Representatives

A representative since 2003, Representative Jim Dunnigan currently serves as the Majority Leader of the Utah House of Representatives. He chairs the Health Reform Task Force and has sponsored numerous pieces of legislation dealing with health care reform. He chaired the Utah House Attorney General Special Investigative Committee. He Chairs the National Conference of State Legislatures Health and Human Services Committee and serves on their Innovations in State Health Systems Task Force. He is a member of the Council of State Governments Health and Human Services Committee and serves on their Nutrition and Hunger Task Force. He served on the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Oversight committee.  He has presented before the National Institute of Medicine as well as numerous conferences nationwide on health system reform. He is a member of the Children’s Health Insurance Advisory Board. Rep. Dunnigan received his B.S. in Business Management from the University of Utah, he is the owner of Dunnigan Insurance, an insurance agency with over 30 years of experience specializing in health insurance and employee benefits.

  • Shaun Greene, Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Arches Health Plan

Shaun Greene graduated from the U.S. Military Academy with honors and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He earned his airborne ranger qualifications and served a tour with the 25th Infantry Division in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where two separate commanders rated him top lieutenant in his battalion. After resigning his commission, he attended Harvard Business School, where he earned his M.B.A. in general management. He took a position with Deloitte Consulting as senior consultant, focusing on operations and logistics. He assisted numerous clients in diverse industries from retail to health care to improve their operations while reducing costs.  After leaving consulting, he assumed positions of increasing responsibility managing profits and losses, operations and managing logistics for Sears Holdings’ Home Services in the western U.S. He entered health care to align his career with something bigger than himself. He successfully led the operations at Extend Health as V.P., operations, converting the group Medicare retirees of the Big 3 automakers to individual Medicare plans. He worked extensively in the insurance sector, in three successful start-ups, including V.P., Medicare Customer Care for eHealthInsurance, where he built a green-field insurance operations center in Salt Lake City.

  • Laura Summers, Director of State Intelligence, Leavitt Partners

Laura Summers is the Director of State Intelligence at Leavitt Partners with expertise in economics, health care, and public policy. In health care, Ms. Summers’ research focus has been state-level health reform, with a particular focus in Medicaid and health insurance exchanges. At Leavitt Partners, Ms. Summers’ prepares detailed analyses of state-by-state comparative data, researches state public health programs, policies, and trends, and works on state health care reform initiatives.

  • Moderator: Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club

Drew Clark is Of Counsel at  Kirton McConkie, which enhances clients’ ability to construct and operate high-speed broadband networks in public-private partnerships.  He is also the founder of the Utah Breakfast Club and the Broadband Breakfast Club, which tracks the development of Gigabit Networks, broadband usage, and universal service. He brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband: Job creation, telemedicine, online learning, public safety, energy, transportation and eGovernment. In April 2015, Clark was elected President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress, a national non-profit organization devoted to ensuring a strong future for rural America.

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