2019 Day at the Capitol Speakers

Marcy M. Buckner, J.D., Vice President of Government Affairs with the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).

Marcy manages the association’s state government affairs team, including the monitoring of activities of all state legislatures, insurance departments, and intergovernmental organizations to coordinate efforts to advance the interests of professional health insurance producers. In addition, she serves as the association’s liaison to federal agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Treasury. Marcy is also the staff liaison to NAHU’s legislative management team, Legislative Council, and Legislative Council working groups.

Marcy received her Juris Doctor from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

Course Name: Federal Health Insurance Legislation and Priorities

Topics Covered:

  • Current Federal Health Care and Insurance Regulation
  • Proposed Federal Health Care Regulations
  • Association comments and position on key legislation effecting insurance consumers
  • Questions and Answers

Joe Hanel, Managing Director, Communications with Colorado Health Institute

Joe came to the Colorado Health Institute in May 2014 after 19 years in newspapers, the last nine as The Durango Herald’s Denver bureau chief, covering the legislature, federal courts, statewide campaigns and natural resources issues. He was promoted to Associate Director of Strategic Communications in November 2017.

Joe has reported from national political conventions in New York City; Denver; St. Paul, Minn.; Tampa, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C. for the Herald.

Joe also worked as a page designer and copy editor for the Rocky Mountain News, as news editor at the Longmont Daily Times-Call and graphics editor at the Greeley Tribune. He graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He has lived in Colorado since age 5 and attended Bear Creek High School.

Joe has a Master's of International Affairs, with an emphasis in international energy policy, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. He spent one academic year in Bologna, Italy.

Course Name:  More than one way to construct a health system

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction: There’s more than one way to construct a health system
  • The Health Care World Tour
  • Options for the U.S. system
  • Where are we headed?
  • Question and answers

Michael Conway, Colorado Insurance Commissioner, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies

In this position Conway serves as the chief executive of the Division of Insurance and oversees the regulation of the insurance industry in Colorado. His role brings together consumers, the insurance industry and other stakeholders to create an inclusive, firm and fair regulatory approach to all lines of insurance such as auto, health, homeowner, life, property and casualty, title and workers’ compensation.

Before joining the Division, Conway was an assistant Attorney General for the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office from 2010 to 2016, where he represented the Division of Insurance in all facets of the regulation of the insurance industry including mergers and acquisitions of insurance companies, insurer rehabilitation/liquidation, and producer and company licensure litigation. He served three Commissioners of Insurance during that time. While in the Attorney General’s Office, he worked with the Colorado Attorney General Pro Bono Family Law Clinic, advising clients on matters of divorce and child custody.

Conway has also worked as an attorney for Colorado Legal Services, advocating for indigent clients regarding housing rights, homelessness prevention, evictions and subsidized housing.

With the exception of three years he spent in Miami for law school, Conway has called Colorado home for nearly 20 years since moving to the state to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Course Name:  A conversation with the Insurance Commissioner

Topics Covered:

  • Mike will spend most of his time in open dialog with the attendees discussing consumer issues.
  • He will also speak about the DOI role with the ACA regarding waivers.

Jenn Penn, Principal Owner of Dome Strategies, LLC a Colorado Independent public and government affairs consultant.

Jenn Penn has over 18 years of experience working in Colorado politics. Jenn launched her public affairs career after completing the CSU legislative internship program and receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Colorado State University. Jenn began her political career working as a legislative aide to key legislators in the late 1990’s including. Jenn directed the advocacy efforts for a non-profit organization, for over four years. Jenn then held the position of Colorado Senior Lobbyist for Coors Brewing Company from late 2004 – 2008. MillerCoors remains a client of Jenn’s, along with other business interests.

Jenn is a respected member of the lobby, known for her ability to form coalitions to successfully pass, defeat or amend legislation impacting her clients. Jenn has relationships with both Democrat and Republican members of the Colorado Legislature and the Governor’s office. Jenn has demonstrated success working in all areas of the lobbying profession from identifying and securing legislative sponsors, bill drafting, coordinating testimony, building coalitions, developing positions papers, minimizing opposition and successfully passing, defeating or amending legislation based on client specifications. Jenn has strong oral and written communications skills and is able to communicate in a clear and concise manner. Jenn is able to comprehend complex subjects and present the issue in an understandable form.

Course Name:  Colorado State Legislative Landscape

Topics Covered:

  • Current legislation for health care and insurance
  • Pending legislation
  • Break
  • Hear from state Lawmakers regarding their work with insurance regulations

Dianne Primavera, Lt. Governor, The State of Colorado.  Promoting collaboration, innovation and efficiency to serve the greatest good for the people and state of Colorado.

Dianne Primavera is a leading patient advocate who has spent three decades fighting for every Coloradan’s access to quality, affordable health care.

As a young mom in 1988, Dianne was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her doctor told her that she had, at most, five years to live. Since her first diagnosis, Dianne has fought cancer four times and survived. Her personal battle with cancer inspired her to make it her life’s work to ensure every Coloradan has access to the health care they need when they need it.

In 1990, Dianne joined the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury Center, where her work focused on helping individuals dealing with serious injuries recover and resume dignified, fulfilling lives. Since then, she’s held many prominent positions throughout the public and non-profit sectors devoted to furthering life-saving medical research and connecting Coloradans who experience illness with the treatment they need to recover.

In 2006, Dianne was elected to the first of four terms in the State Legislature, representing Broomfield, Superior, and parts of Erie. Throughout her service, Dianne was highly regarded for her success working across the aisle to promote Colorado small businesses, lower prescription drug costs, and expand access to affordable health care. Some of her major successes included:

  • Expanding Medicaid and private-insurance coverage for cancer screenings and women’s preventative health care
  • Securing insurance coverage for autism services for children in Colorado
  • Enhancing privacy protections for Coloradans’ personal medical information
  • Creating a program to distribute unused cancer drugs to patients who could not afford them
  • Creating a Business Personal Property Tax Credit to reduce costs for small businesses

Most recently, Dianne served as the CEO of Susan G. Komen Colorado, one of the largest organizations in the country dedicated to breast cancer prevention, treatment, research, and education.

Course Name:  The Office of Making Health Care Affordable

Topics Covered:

  • Discuss the role of this new office and take questions from attendees.

Janet Pogar, Regional Vice President- Network Management at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Provider Solutions

Janet Pogar is a true Colorado native, born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. Janet has a passion for continuing to reduce the cost of health care and has worked on all sides of the delivery system – including hospital, physician and health plan. In addition to her vast experience in the health care sector, Janet has been involved in many not-for-profit organizations - including volunteering at elementary schools during her college career as well as with philanthropic organizations such as Mile High United Way, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the National MS Society (NMSS). Janet is currently the Partnership Development Director for Genny’s Hope Foundation (a foundation dedicated to increasing the awareness of bone marrow donors).

Janet’s career has included working with several physician organizations in Colorado Springs and Denver, including Physician’s Network (IPA) and their associated (and only physician owned, at the time) HMO in Colorado Springs overseeing the operations of both the IPA’s and HMO. Since re-joining Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in 1999, Janet has held a statewide Director, and now Regional Vice President, role – overseeing all hospital, physician, ambulatory surgery centers and ancillary negotiations as well as numerous operational functions (credentialing, analytics, payment innovation and payment for value) in the Colorado market. Janet has also been intimately involved in employer facing meetings to help with concerns with the rising cost of health care – which include the development of product strategies as well as cost of care initiatives to drive down premiums.

Janet received her Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Illinois University and lives in Monument with her husband Steve. Not too far from her are her son, his wife and two granddaughters (Leila & Annika) and their most recent addition a grandson Oliver Aidan. Her passions include family, traveling and listening to live music. 

Course Name:  Balance Billing Challenges

Topics Covered: 

  • Explain how balance billing happens and how carriers work to help consumers who become victim of the practice.  Janet will have an open dialogue format with the attendees so they may form a better understanding of the problem


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