Pew at NCSL Legislative Summit


Attendee resources

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We look forward to seeing you at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Chicago. Visit our booth in the exhibit hall (#929) to learn about our work across all 50 states, meet policy experts, and spin the wheel to find answers about your state’s fiscal health. 

Panel sessions

Attend these sessions to hear from Pew experts in several policy areas:

Prescription Drugs and Costs: Challenges and Opportunities

Aug. 9, 11 am – 12:15 pm

Break-through products such as biologics and specialty drugs promise extended lives or first-ever cures for individuals. Yet some price tags in this $310 billion U.S. market have shocked those who foot the bill—including state governments, Medicaid, employers, health insurers and patients themselves. States are considering a variety of legislation to rein in costs, assist consumers or shift the burden. Terms such as "medically necessary," "medication adherence," "fail first," "preferred drug lists," "value-based purchasing" and "interchangeable biosimilar substitution" make state capitals sound like pharmacies. Hear state and medical experts sort out the headlines, the noise and the results so far.

Panelist: Richard Ascroft, JD, RPh, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. for PhRMA, Illinois
Panelist: Stephen Fitton, Health Management Association/Former Michigan Medicaid, Michigan
Panelist: Chuck Shih, PHD, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.

Improving End-of-Life Care: A Better End

Aug. 9, 12:15-1:30 pm

With advances in modern medicine, Americans face more options regarding the care they receive at the end of life. In this lunch session, hear about a range of topics related to end-of-life decisions and empowering individuals.

Speaker: Amy Vandenbroucke, The National POLST Office, Oregon, consultant to The Pew Charitable Trusts

Issue Session: The State of State Pension Funding and Underfunding

Aug. 10, 9:15 – 10:30 am

Although many state pension trusts are well funded with enough assets for current pension obligations, there are real concerns about the extent of underfunding in certain jurisdictions. New reporting standards may offer more guidance to policy makers and rating agencies as well as to the public as to the extent of pension funding challenges.

Speaker: David Draine, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.

Deep Dive: Reaching Across the Aisle on Juvenile Justice

Aug. 10, 2:45 – 4:45 pm

There is growing recognition by both Republicans and Democrats about what makes juvenile justice systems more effective at reducing juvenile crime. With a focus on evidence-based programs that effectively treat and rehabilitate young offenders, lawmakers in a number of states are working together to strengthen juvenile justice. Explore how legislatures, agencies and the courts are reducing juvenile confinement through early intervention, holding young offenders accountable and investing in improved community supervision.

Moderator: Gene Rose, At Last Communications, Colorado

Speaker: Senator Deb Peters, South Dakota

Panelist: Jake Horowitz, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.

Panelist: Judge Patricia Koch, Ninth Judicial District Court, Louisiana

Panelist: Benet Magnuson, Kansas Appleseed, Kansas

Panelist: Patrick McCarthy, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Maryland

Panelist: Senator Whitney H. Westerfield, Kentucky

Tax Incentives Evaluation Tools Workshop

Aug. 10, 2:45 – 4:30 pm

The Pew Charitable Trusts has developed a unique tool to help states better evaluate tax incentives and credits. Get an in-depth look at the evaluation tool’s capabilities, and how to maximize its features to improve tax incentive evaluation from a Pew expert.

Speaker: Jeff Chapman, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.

Speaker: Chaaron Pearson, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.

Meet Pew experts

Visit our booth in the exhibit hall (#929) to discuss the policy areas that interest you the most. Our experts will be available at the booth at the following times:

Tuesday, Aug. 9:

10:30 AM: Amber Ivey, data as a strategic asset

11 AM: Adam Hunter, immigration and the states

12 PM: Adrienne Lu, state and local fiscal health

12:30 PM: Justin Theal, fiscal federalism initiative

1 PM: Cynthia Reilly, substance use prevention and treatment

1:30 PM: Karen Kavanaugh, drug safety

2 PM: Sara Collins and Amy Vandenbroucke, improving end-of-life care

3 PM: Rebecca Morley and Keshia Pollack, Health Impact Project

Wednesday, Aug. 10:

10 AM: Gary VanLandingham, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

11 AM: John Scott, retirement savings

12 PM:  David Draine, public sector retirement systems

1 PM: Jake Horowitz, public safety performance

2 PM: Chaaron Pearson, Jeff Chapman, and Robert Zahradnik; state fiscal health

3 PM: Barb Rosewicz, Fiscal 50

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This page was updated on July 27, 2016, to include the latest information.

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