A Practical Perspective
Responding to an outcry for health reform, and to repeal or amend the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), efforts are underway in Congress. The American Health Care Act was passed by the House.
In-house Legal Counsel (UHA Health Insurance)
Terri O'Connell is in-house legal counsel for UHA Health Insurance. Before working at UHA, she was Counsel at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, an Associate General Counsel at UnitedHealthcare, and a property and casualty insurance defense litigation Associate for a boutique law firm. Before joining Goodsill, she was Associate General Counsel for UnitedHealthcare with primary legal responsibility for its Northeast Region commercial group activities (Maine to Virginia), including compliance with health care reform. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked for other health insurers such as Aetna, Health Net, and HMSA.
(Health Care Consultant)
Beth Giesting is a consultant specializing in health care policy and system design. She served Governors Abercrombie and Ige as Healthcare Transformation Coordinator focusing on improving health care delivery and payment strategies in Hawaii, particularly in the delivery of behavioral and oral health care. She also oversaw the development and submission of Hawaii’s waiver to the SHOP provisions of the ACA (Affordable Care Act), which was granted in 2016. Ms. Giesting previously served as CEO of the Hawaii Primary Care Association, and as Executive Director of the Kalihi-Palama Health Center.
Join Terri O’Connell, in-house legal counsel at UHA Health Insurance, and Beth Giesting, health care consultant and former Health Care Transformation Coordinator for the Governor’s Office, in this luncheon briefing as they discuss:
Economic Implications and Science-Based Solutions
A discussion on the impact of climate change and human use on coral reef systems. How will our Hawaii coral reef systems fare?
Ruth Gates is the director, as well as research professor and principal investigator, at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. She received her Bachelor of Science and PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England and subsequently spent 13 years at UCLA as a postdoctoral and junior researcher before moving to her current position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She leverages the combination of close proximity to coral reefs and world-class research infrastructure to address questions on how corals and reefs function. Her work crosses spatial scales from molecules to ecosystems and employs tools from the fields of molecular, cell and computational biology, biochemistry, physiology and ecology. Her goal is to build human, biological, and educational capacity that contributes to slowing declines in reef integrity and improving the prognosis in the face of intensifying impacts from climate change and human use. Ruth also currently serves as the President of the International Society for Reef Studies.
Boon or Bane for Hawai‘i Visitor Industry ?
VRUs and other "non-traditional" lodging units are reshaping tourism in Hawai‘i and elsewhere, and we're just beginning to understand them. Our panel consists of four researchers and experts who have studied various aspects of VRUs in the last year.
Moderator: John Knox
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