Health care
– What's Next?


When it comes to health care, the only certainty is uncertainty.
After seven years of learning and gradually understanding where they stood with the complexities of the Affordable Care Act, Iowa businesses, health providers and the insurance industry are again facing major uncertainty.
A Republican majority in Congress is exploring making sweeping changes or significant tweaks to the Affordable Care Act. At the state level, insurance exchanges risk implosion as major carriers discontinue coverage. Within the past month, two of the three health insurers that offered statewide individual coverage in Iowa – Wellmark and Aetna – have announced they are pulling out of the individual market, and a third statewide carrier, Medica, has indicated it may leave the individual market as well. In addition, companies in Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system have been bleeding red ink and are seeking additional state funding to provide care to the state’s neediest populations.
Meanwhile, health care providers and insurers are grappling with accelerating health care costs that show little signs of slowing down. That leads to a variety of key questions for you and your business that our panelists will help answer, such as...

  • What can employers expect for insurance rates in the future?
  • How will potential changes to the law affect your business?
  • How can your company have control and influence over rising costs?
  • What steps are health care providers taking to reduce costs?
  • How is the state positioned to deal with health care challenges moving forward?

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Tom Evans - President & CEO, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative


Doug Ommen
Iowa Insurance Commissioner

Laura Jackson
Executive Vice President, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Sabra Rosener
Vice President of Government Affairs, UnityPoint Health

David Swieskowski
Senior VP & Chief Accountable Care Officer, Mercy Health Network

Ed Oleksiak
Senior VP & Chief Compliance Officer, Holmes Murphy & Associates