Outlook for Health Care Policy in the Lame Duck Session and Beyond: Implications for Legislation and Regulatory Action

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This program will provide an analysis of the health care industry implications of the recent elections, how impending changes in the balance of congressional power are impacting the Lame Duck session and what this portends for legislative and regulatory environments through 2016. Attendees will gain an understanding of the ways in which the administration is likely to focus on regulatory and administrative actions in the coming two years and how congressional committee changes will impact health care initiatives and oversight going forward.

The faculty will specifically focus on the ways in which health care funding is likely to be affected and how the power of Congress and the President may influence the budget reconciliation process. Finally, we will examine the outlook for the Health Insurance Exchanges, insurers and health care providers in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to take up the King v. Burwell case.

Educational Objectives:
• Learn how the changes in Congress are likely to impact health care providers and plans.
• Understand the impact of additional focus on using regulatory and administrative actions to achieve objectives.
• Discover the potential consequences of King in the health care market and the range of potential regulatory and legislative responses.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Health care attorneys and general counsel and executives of health care organizations as well as other organizations that provide health care coverage to employees.



Katrina Pagonis is Senior Counsel at Hooper Lundy & Bookman. Her practice focuses on the representation of health care providers in matters relating to health care reform as well as regulatory compliance more generally. She regularly advises clients related to the Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Exchanges (also known as Marketplaces), including Covered California and the Federally-Facilitated Exchanges that will be established in 26 states. In this capacity, Ms. Pagonis provides strategic advice on managed care contracting and counsel on providers' options to assist in outreach and enrollment activities as Navigators, In-Person Assisters, and/or Certified Application Counselors. Her regulatory work covers issues in fraud and abuse, non-profit law, clinical trial agreements, privacy and licensure. Ms. Pagonis served as a health law professor at Hamline University School of Law before joining join Hooper, Lundy & Bookman.

Ms. Pagonis served as judicial law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and as a fellow for the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center. She continues to teach health law on occasion, most recently as an adjunct professor for Health Law 2 at Santa Clara.

Ms. Pagonis earned an LL.M. from Yale Law School, where she was a senior staff member of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics; a J.D., with honors, from Georgetown University Law Center while simultaneously earning an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and a B.A. in Political Science and Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is admitted to practice in California.


Martin Corry is the Chair of the Government Relations & Public Policy at Hooper Lundy & Bookman. He represents clients on health care matters before Congress and the Executive branch on legislative, regulatory and administrative matters. He also provides strategic advice and counsel to clients on broad public policy and program goals as well as specific client business needs.

Mr. Corry was formerly the Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where he assisted in planning, developing and implementing program initiatives related to healthcare financing and quality health care. He has also advised the Administrator on policies, procedures and critical issues. Mr. Corry has also served as Director of Federal Affairs and AARP's (American Association of Retired Persons) Chief Federal Lobbyist, where he represented AARP before the Congress and the Executive branch, including Congressional leadership and senior Administration officials, on extensive issues from Social Security and Medicare to pensions, tax policy, federal budget and finance, as well as diverse consumer issues. Mr. Corry earned a B.A. from the University of Dayton.


Mr. Fontenot is the Managing Director of the Government Relations & Public Policy at Hooper, Lundy & Bookman. He has a wealth of experience in health policy at the highest levels of government, in both the Executive and Legislative branches. Most recently, as the top health care budget official at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) he was heavily involved in the development and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In his four years in that role, he advised the most senior levels of the White House, the top leadership of key federal health agencies, and members of Congress, on budget, legislative, and regulatory issues in major health programs. In addition to his more than four years as Associate Director for Health at OMB, Mr. Fontenot served as Deputy Assistant Director for Health and Human Resources at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and as Chief of the Health Financing Branch at OMB. In these positions Mr. Fontenot was closely involved in virtually every aspect of health policy, including: the creation of new payment systems in post-acute care, major reforms to other payment systems in Medicare, negotiation of Medicaid waivers, and development and implementation of the Medicare prescription drug program. He oversaw cost estimates and related analysis for health, education and income security programs at CBO, and was deeply involved in helping the agency prepare for health reform legislation, including CBO's development of options such as Accountable Care Organizations.

Mr. Fontenot is also a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution, where he works with former CMS Administrator Mark McClellan on Brookings' ongoing efforts in health reform. He began his federal career as a budget examiner at OMB for Social Security and other retirement programs in 1982. Mr. Fontenot earned an M.A. in public policy from Duke University and a B.A. from the Old Dominion University.