Public Programs: Updates on the State of Medicare, Medicaid, and Marketplace Dental Coverage

Includes a Live Event on 11/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

With the US House of Representatives’ recent consideration of adding a dental benefit to Medicare, oral health is once again in the policy spotlight. Millions of Americans receive their dental care through a public program or marketplace, and growing public knowledge of the link between oral and overall health is drawing the attention of policymakers. Join us to hear an update on the ongoing dental policy developments at the state and federal level, as well as the outlook for Medicaid expansions, public options, and more.  

Topics to explore include:

  • A snapshot of dental plan enrollment in public programs and private plans
  • Federal Policy Developments on Dental in Medicare and Medicaid
  • State Policy Developments on Exchanges and Medicaid

Alisha Hightower

Director of Compliance for The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Alisha Hightower is the director of compliance for The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian) working primarily on government programs including Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare Advantage under their subsidiaries Access Dental Plan, Premier Access Insurance Company and Avesis. Alisha joined Guardian’s subsidiaries in 2013 where she was the Director of Exchange Programs, later taking over Government Programs. Prior to joining Guardian she was with the Department of Health Care Services as the Chief of the Dental Managed Care Unit, overseeing the California Medicaid dental managed care contracts. She received her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Economics in 2005 from CSUS.

Eme Augustini

Executive Director, National Association of Dental Plans

As of November 1, 2019, Eme has taken on the role of executive director at the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP). Eme joined the NADP Government Relations team in 2012 and quickly mastered the issues facing the industry at both the state and federal level. She was promoted to Associate Director of Government Relations and became Director of Government Relations in early 2017. In this role Eme was responsible for all federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs for NADP. Eme was instrumental in establishing NADP's Advocacy in Action day in Washington, D.C. which has raised NADP's profile in Congress. Prior to joining the NADP Government Relations team in 2012, Eme worked with a national trade association managing regulatory compliance and grassroots advocacy programs. She earned her bachelor's in political science and philosophy from Texas A&M University and is pursuing an MBA with business analytics emphasis from Texas Woman's University.

Jerry Berggren, MBA

Director of Research & Information, NADP

Jerry brings more than 20 years of experience in market research, strategy and analysis to his role at NADP.  Prior to joining NADP in 2004, Jerry worked in market research and advertising in healthcare, financial services and electric utility industries.  Jerry earned his BA in Political Science from Louisiana State University and his MBA from Tulane University.

Owen Urech

Government Relations Analyst, National Association of Dental Plans

Owen joined NADP in April of 2019 after previously serving as a research intern with the Health Management Academy and Health Policy Coordinator for the Roosevelt Institute. During his time with Roosevelt, HMA, and several political campaigns Owen developed extensive experience crafting public policy and engaging activists. He graduated from American University in 2018 with a degree in political science specializing in American government.

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Public Programs: Updates on the State of Medicare, Medicaid, and Marketplace Dental Coverage
Live event: 11/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST) You must register to access.