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Wisconsin Health Care: Preparing for the New Normal

Published on December 11, 2012, 02:12pm CDT

This Health Care seminar was held February 12 in Madison.

Nothing has caused more uncertainty for employers recently than health care. What is the impact of the Affordable Care Act? How will it affect my employees’ health care? What rules apply and when will they be enforced? What happens now with the health exchange in Wisconsin since Governor Walker opted out?

As businesses brace for the “new normal” in health care, the WMC Foundation presented two experts on health care who provided an overview of the current situation from a policy point of view and insights into what Wisconsin’s health exchange might look like. Following their presentations, a panel of health care and business leaders offered their perspective on the future of health care in our state.



Hadley Heath, Senior Policy Analyst
Independent Women’s Forum

View Hadley’s presentation here.

Hadley Heath is a senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum specializing in health care, entitlements, economics, fiscal and public policy. She provided an overview of the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

Ms. Heath appears frequently in print, broadcast, and radio outlets across the country, and her work has been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, POLITICO, Roll Call, Real Clear Policy, The Tampa Tribune, National Review Online, Daily Caller and Townhall.com. She also manages IWF’s Health Care Lawsuits Web site. She regularly represents IWF in coalition meetings and conferences in D.C. and across the U.S. Heath has also been featured in several publications such as The Star and The Scholar for her accomplishments.

Kenneth Munson, Regional V Director
Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

View Kenneth’s presentation here.

Kenneth Munson serves as Regional Director (RD) of the Region V Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mr. Munson was appointed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on October 4, 2011. Region V covers almost 20% of the U.S. population, and is composed of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. He will lead the efforts in Wisconsin as we establish our health exchange in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.

As Regional Director, Mr. Munson represents HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Region V. Mr. Munson plays a vital role in the Department’s continued work with states to implement the Affordable Care Act and acts as a representative of the Secretary in direct official dealings with state, local and tribal government organizations, and other external partners in the Region.


View the panel presentation here.

These health care experts and business leaders presented on a panel in reaction to the presentations by Heath and Munson.

Charles Stevens, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Charles Stevens is a partner with over 30 years of experience in Employee Benefits law. His practice involves employment relations and employee benefits matters, including ERISA, employee benefits litigation, employee benefit plans, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), employer wellness programs, defense of multiemployer pension claims including withdrawal liability, COBRA, Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act matters.

Dan Schwartzer, Deputy Commissioner of Insurance, State of Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker appointed Dan Schwartzer as Deputy Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Wisconsin on January 4, 2011. Prior to his appointment, Deputy Commissioner Schwartzer owned his own association management and government relations firm that worked with trade associations from a variety of industries. He served as Executive Director for the Wisconsin Employee Benefit Advisors Association, representing insurance agents throughout Wisconsin, and Executive Director for the Wisconsin PPO Association, which represents PPO health plans. Deputy Commissioner Schwartzer was also Executive Director for the Wisconsin Economic Development Association, as well as Executive Director for the Independent Business Association of Wisconsin.

Dr. Hank Simpson, CEO, Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Dr. Hank Simpson completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before joining Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in 1990 as a family physician. Having held a number of different positions and leadership roles, Dr. Simpson brings an interesting perspective as an active staff member and board chair of Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar. Upon completion of his role as chief executive officer of Red Cedar, Dr. Simpson will assume the role of vice-chief medical officer for the Northwest Wisconsin Region of Mayo Clinic Health System starting April 1, 2013.

Moderated by Gerald Frye, President & Owner, The Benefit Services Group

Mr. Frye is president and owner of The Benefit Services Group, Inc. (BSG®), an employee benefit brokerage firm he co-founded in 1987. BSG serves nationwide employers in a wide variety of industries, consults for health care systems in Wisconsin and Illinois, and has won several regional “best workplace” awards, as well as the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin 2010 Torch Award for Business Ethics and Integrity. Mr. Frye has served for over 30 years in various roles in the insurance and employee benefits industry.

Contact Jim Morgan, 608.258.3400