Coverage and Affordability in the Private Insurance Market

Sara Collins, Ph.D., is vice president for Health Care Coverage and Access program at The Commonwealth Fund. An economist, Collins joined the Fund in 2002 and has led the Fund’s national program on health insurance since 2005. Since joining the Fund, Collins has led several national surveys on health insurance and authored numerous reports, issue briefs and journal articles on health insurance coverage and policy. She has provided invited testimony before several Congressional committees and subcommittees. Prior to joining the Fund, Collins was associate director/senior research associate at the New York Academy of Medicine, Division of Health and Science Policy. Earlier in her career, she was an associate editor at U.S. News & World Report, a senior economist at Health Economics Research, and a senior health policy analyst in the New York City Office of the Public Advocate. She holds an A.B. in economics from Washington University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University.

 

Korey Harvey, J.D., is vice president, deputy general counsel, and assistant corporate secretary at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, where he manages governmental and regulatory affairs, and provides legal counsel to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana system and to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. Prior to joining Blue Cross, he served as deputy commissioner for health, life, & annuity at the Louisiana Department of Insurance from 2014 to 2018 and was the chief day-to-day regulator of health and life insurance in Louisiana. He held other positions in the Department from 2012-2014, including staff attorney and confidential assistant to the commissioner. He also served as chairman of the Board of the Louisiana Office of Group Benefits, the largest health plan in the state, which provides health and life insurance coverage for more than 250,000 state and local government employees, retirees, and their dependents. Before entering government service in 2012, he was an attorney with the Long Law Firm in Baton Rouge, La., where he worked exclusively as an attorney for the administrator of the British Petroleum Settlement Fund for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill that occurred in April 2010. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the Louisiana State University Law Center. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association and was appointed by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards in June 2019 to the Gubernatorial Task Force on Protecting Individual Market Coverage in Louisiana.

 

Peter V. Lee, J.D., is the executive director of Covered California, overseeing all aspects of the largest state-run individual marketplace in the nation since its inception in 2011. Under his leadership, Covered California has created a competitive marketplace that has held premium increases in check, expanded coverage, given consumers tools to make better choices and created a platform to address health care cost and quality. Before joining the Covered California, Lee served in the Obama Administration at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he helped establish the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), testing new payment and delivery system reforms to promote that delivery of higher quality, more affordable health care. Prior to that role, he was the director of delivery system reform for the Office of Health Reform for Health and Human Services, where he coordinated delivery reform efforts for Secretary Sebelius including coordinating the preparation of the National Quality Strategy. Earlier in his career, he was CEO of the Pacific Business Group on Health, assisting large employers with purchasing and policy initiatives. He also spent time as executive director of the Center for Health Care Rights, a Los Angeles-based consumer advocacy organization, an attorney in private practice, and director of programs for the Washington-based National AIDS Network. Lee received his law degree from the University of Southern California and his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

J.P. Wieske is vice president of State Affairs at Horizon Government Affairs. Prior to joining HGA, he served as Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the State of Wisconsin, where he supervised the regulatory, public information, and administrative functions of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. Wieske also served on Governor Scott Walker’s Opioid Task Force and served as an active member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, where he chaired various subgroups including the Regulatory Framework Task Force and the Health Care Reform Alternatives WorkingGroup.

 

Moderator

Sarah J. Dash, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She drives the mission and vision of the Alliance, as well as advances and maintains the reputation of the organization as the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders in an evolving health policy environment. Sarah joined the Alliance in 2014 as the vice president for policy and became president and CEO in May 2017. Sarah has long been an influential force in shaping health policy, having served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill and as a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Sarah holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and literature from MIT. Sarah also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.