Breakfast Briefing: What the Affordable Care Act Means for Your Business – September, 2019

  • September 11, 2019
    7:30 am - 9:30 am

Join us for this discussion on September 11, 2019. Members and Non-Members Welcome!

Health Insurance Reform in Maryland
Join a panel of insurance industry experts for a discussion about the ever changing landscape of health insurance reform and what that means to businesses of all sizes. Topics that will be discussed include Maryland’s wholehearted adoption of the policies set forth in the Affordable Care Act and the Trump Administration’s desire to dissolve it, recent Maryland legal and regulatory developments such as the 1332 Reinsurance Program, a re-cap of the 2019 legislative session; and a forecast of things to come.
Bring your burning questions to this informative breakfast program.


Hear from:

Jay Duke owns a small, independent insurance agency 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 of the Independent Insurance Agents of Maryland and currently serves as its Legislative Committee Chairman.



Catherine Grason joined CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield as its Government Relations Director in January 2019.  Previously, Grason served as Chief of Staff of the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA). In this role she managed the MIA’s policy activities and oversaw the Government Relations, Public Affairs and Regulatory Affairs Units. She also managed 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 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.



Rhett Buttle is the Founder of Public Private Strategies, a consulting firm that is exclusively focused on where the public & private sectors meet. The firm is a leader in engaging business leaders – from the small business community to the Fortune 100 – in the most pressing policy issues of the day. Rhett is also a Senior Fellow at The Aspen Institute in the Financial Security Program.



Event details:

When: Wednesday, September 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

A 72-hour cancellation notice is required for refund.

For event and sponsorship information, contact Lisa Byrd, Director of Events and Business Development, at 410-727-2820.



111 South Calvert Street, Suite 1700, Maryland, 21202, United States