Breakfast Briefing: What the Affordable Care Act Means for You – February 2019

February 11, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Greater Baltimore Committee
111 S Calvert St #1700
Baltimore, MD 21202

This event, originally scheduled for December 20, 2018, has been rescheduled to February 11, 2019.

Join a panel of insurance industry experts for a discussion about recent developments in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what they mean to businesses of all sizes.

Topics that will be discussed include actions of the Trump Administration concerning association health plans and short-term limited duration insurance and how these changes impact Maryland, recent Maryland legal and regulatory developments such as the 1332 Reinsurance Program, and prospective 2019 legislation, including an anticipated bill that would implement a state-based insurance mandate.

Bring your burning business questions concerning the ACA to this informative breakfast program.

Hear from:

Jay Duke owns a small, independent insurance agency, established in 1945, in Leonardtown. For 38 years Duke has been providing insurance services to individuals and small businesses. He is an advocate for insurance agents and was actively involved with the creation and implementation of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. Duke is a past State Chairman for the Independent Insurance Agents of Maryland and currently serves as the Legislative Committee Chairman.



Catherine Grason was appointed Chief of Staff of the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) in December 2016. In this role she manages the MIA’s policy activities and oversees the Government Relations, Public Affairs and Regulatory Affairs Units. She also manages the agency’s participation and advocacy within the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC).

Grason began her career at the Insurance Administration in 2014 as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and NAIC Liaison where she advised the Insurance Commissioner on regulatory policy, managed the MIA’s day to day regulatory activity and oversaw the MIA’s participation with the NAIC. Prior to her tenure with the MIA, Grason served for more than four years as a Legislative Analyst and Legislative Counsel in the Life and Protection Division of the Transamerica/AEGON companies. In this capacity, she was the lead attorney tracking federal and state health insurance legislation and regulations, including the Affordable Care Act, for Transamerica.  

Grason earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, with honors, from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor with a concentration in Government Service and Regulatory Institutions from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. She is a member of the bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. She is a 2016 recipient of The Daily Record’s “Leading Women” award and a 2018 recipient of The Daily Record’s “Leadership in Law-Generation J.D.” award. 

Brett Lininger is a government affairs consultant/lobbyist for Old Line Government Affairs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nemphos Braue, LLC. Lininger represents clients from industries including insurance, energy, healthcare and information technology companies before all facets of State and local governments within Maryland. He is also Of Counsel with Nemphos Braue where he represents business clients on administrative law matters before State agencies and corporate matters.



Debbie Rivkin, Vice President of Government Affairs for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, represents CareFirst on government and regulatory affairs in the State of Maryland.

Prior to joining CareFirst, Rivkin served for 20 years as the Executive Director of the League of Life and Health Insurers of Maryland. As an Attorney with Piper & Marbury LLP, Shapiro & Olander and Funk and Bolton, she represented life and health insurers before regulators and legislators in Maryland.

In addition to her work with CareFirst, Rivkin engages with several causes, currently acting as a Board Member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore, as well as the Howard County Board of Health. She was also appointed to serve on the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission. She also serves as the Insurance Committee Chair for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as a board member of the Howard Community College Education Foundation, the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce, the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board and the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.

If you go:

When: Monday, February 11, 2019; 7:30 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. program

Where: Greater Baltimore Committee, 111 South Calvert Street, Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202

Cost: $35 members, $50 non-members

Register to attend

For event and sponsorship information, contact Sophia Silbergeld, Director of Membership and Member Relations, at 410-727-2820.

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