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2018 ANCOR Policy Summit & Hill Day

October 2, 2018 to October 3, 2018

Washington, District of Columbia

 2018 ANCOR Policy Summit and Hill Day

It’s time to register for ANCOR’s 2018 Policy Summit & Hill Day (formerly Leadership Summit)!

One of ANCOR’s signature events, the 2018 Policy Summit will take place October 2-3 in the heart of our nation’s capital. Click on the "Register" tab to reserve your seat at the table today!

This year’s Summit theme, Connecting the Dots: The Intersection of Politics, Workforce & Regulation, is a recognition of the critical moment we face. With debates on a series of federal regulations before us and the 2018 midterm elections looming large, much hangs in the balance for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the providers who serve them.

With this in mind, we’re working to craft our best agenda yet to ensure an enriching learning and advocacy experience for members of the ANCOR community, and we hope you'll join us in Washington, DC, this October!

 

ANCOR extends its gratitude to DCI, the exclusive sponsor of the 2018 Policy Summit & Hill Day.

  • Washington, DCANCOR member: $525.00
  • Non-member: $675.00

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Cancellations are subject to a $50.00 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after September 18, 2018. There is no charge for substitutions.

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Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol HillHotel Information

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-1234

Location, location, location! ANCOR is back in the heart of Capitol Hill for this year’s Policy Summit & Hill Day. The venue for this year’s Summit is the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, which is only a few blocks away from the Capitol and the offices of your elected officials. 

ANCOR has secured a discounted room rate for participants in the 2018 Policy Summit of $229/night plus applicable taxes and fees for single- and double-occupancy rates.

The deadline to take advantage of this rate is September 9, 2018, but please note that the block tends to full up well in advance of the reservation deadline, and hotel rooms elsewhere tend to be expensive in DC in early October.

To make your hotel reservations, please call 888.421.1442, indicate that you are participating in the 2018 Policy Summit and ask for the ANCOR rate. Contact Jerri McCandless (jmccandless@ancor.org or 703.535.7850, ext. 107) if you need assistance.

Airport & Ground Transportation

Getting to Washington, DC

The closest airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), and we recommend flying into National it it’s only five miles from the Summit venue and accessible by taxi, rideshare service (e.g., Lyft or Uber) or public transit (i.e., Metrorail Blue Line).

Other area airports include Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), which is about 30 miles from the Summit venue, and Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI), which is about 35 miles from the Summit venue.

For those located in East Coast cities served by Amtrak, you may find traveling by train to be the most efficient and affordable option. Amtrak serves Washington’s Union Station, which is a seven-minute walk from the Summit venue.

Getting Around Washington, DC

If you fly into Washington National Airport, a taxi to the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill would cost approximately $25. Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are also available, and the cost of these options depends on quality of service and time of day.

Super Shuttle is also an option for participants coming from any of the area airports. Super Shuttle offers a shared ride, during which you might make multiple stops, and service from Washington National Airport costs about $19 each way. To book, find a Super Shuttle representative, located near airport baggage claim, or download the Super Shuttle Mobile App. (Note that a 10% discount is available if you book your trip through the Super Shuttle Mobile App.

Metrorail, the D.C. area’s subway system, is also a convenient option for travelers flying into Washington National Airport. From the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station, take the Blue Line in the direction of Largo Town Center and transfer to the Red Line at Metro Center Station, or take the Yellow Line in the direction of Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street/Convention Center and transfer to the Red Line at Gallery Place/Chinatown Station. Take the Red Line in the Direction of Glenmont or Silver Spring and get off at Union Station. From there, the Summit venue is a 0.4-mile walk along E Street NW.

As any Washingtonian will tell you, you should check Metro’s operating status before deciding to use this option. The system tends to be efficient and reliable, but weekend track work or other delays can make for a long trip.

 

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Tentative Policy Summit & Hill Day Agenda

Note: This agenda is tentative and subject to change.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Date

Time

Description

Oct 2

7:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Oct 2

8:45 am

Welcome and Introduction

Oct 2

9:00 am

Keynote Address: Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta (invited)

Workforce and Trump Era Regulations

Oct 2

9:20 am

Campaign Spotlight: Included. Supported. Empowered.

  • Gabrielle Sedor, COO, ANCOR
  • Sean Luechtefeld, Communications Director, ANCOR

Oct 2

9:35 am

Panel Discussion with Congressional Staff

The Crossroads of Provider Voices and Lawmaking

Oct 2

10:30 am

Break

Oct 2

10:45 am

Keynote Medicaid Media Panel

Oct 2

11:45 am

Break

Oct 2

Noon

Policy Summit Luncheon: Suellen Galbraith Awards & Congressional Champion Awards

Suellen Galbraith Award for Excellence in Public Policy Recipients:

  • Ravi Dahiya, YAI (New York)
  • Chris Sparks, Exceptional Persons, Inc. (Iowa)
  • Gary Blumenthal, PAR (Pennsylvania)
  • Lizette Stiehr, AADD (Alaska)

Congressional Champion Awardees:

  • Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
  • Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI)

Oct 2

1:00 pm

Break

Oct 2

1:15 pm

I/DD, Business Acumen and Managed Care: What’s Next?

  • Kim Opsahl, Director of State Partnerships and Special Projects, ANCOR
  • Erica Lindquist, Senior Director of HCBS Business Acumen Center, NASUAD
  • Laura Vegas, Project Director for MCO Business Acumen, NASDDDS

Oct 2

2:15 pm

Conversation Café: Roundtable Discussion on Why Medicaid Matters

Oct 2

3:15 pm

Break

Oct 2

3:25 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • The Technology Behind a More Robust Workforce
  • The Legislation of Data

Oct 2

4:20 pm

Break

Oct 2

4:30 pm

Regulatory Administration Panel: Trump Administration Rules and Priorities

  • Ralph Lollar, Director of LTSS, Disabled & Elderly Health Program Group, CMS (Invited)
  • Melissa Harris, Senior Policy Advisor, Disabled & Elderly Health Program Group, CMS (Invited)
  • Megan Tinker. Senior Advisor for Legal Review. Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (Invited)
  • Derrick Witherspoon, Branch Chief/FLSA, Department of Labor (Invited)

 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Date

Time

Description

Oct 3

7:00 am

Continental Breakfast and Hill Visit Preparations

Oct 3

8:00 am

Hill Day “Prep” Rally

  • Esmé Grant Grewal, ANCOR VP of Government Relations
  • Sarah Meek, ANCOR Director of Legislative Affairs
  • Doris Parfaite-Claude, ANCOR Federal Advocacy and Research Manager
  • Al Guida, President & CEO, Guide Consulting

Oct 3

10:00 am

ANCOR Congressional Briefing: HEADS Up Act and the Medically Underserved

Oct 3

11:00 am

Capitol Hill Visits

Your State Navigator will contact you in September to arrange Capitol Hill visits for your state attendees!

 

ANCOR extends its gratitude to DCI, the exclusive sponsor of the 2018 Policy Summit & Hill Day

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Keynote Address: Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta

9-9:20 am

ANCOR has a tradition of inviting Secretaries of Labor to speak to our members at our annual Policy Summit. We have invited Secretary Acosta to share remarks as we launch Disability Employment Awareness Month and reflect on policymaking at the Department of Labor including ensuring that federal government contractors are hiring people with disabilities, and that workforce policies are created in a way that benefit and enhance opportunities for providers, direct support professionals and the individuals they serve.

Campaign Spotlight: Included. Supported. Empowered.

9:20-9:35

The Included. Supported. Empowered. campaign is a bold new initiative to raise awareness about the successes of people with intellectial and developmental disabilities, as well as the providers who are integral to those successes. During this session, ANCOR staff will introduce Summit participants to the campaign, including how they can get involved and leverage its stories to engage in advocacy on a range of federal issues.

Speakers:

  • Gabrielle Sedor, COO, ANCOR
  • Sean Luechtefeld, Communications Director, ANCOR

Congressional Panel

9:35-10:30 am

ANCOR has been leading issues on Capitol Hill this year from the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Delay bill to the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Reauthorization and Direct Support Professional (DSP) Workforce and Data legislative improvements. None of this work is possible without the key staff on Capitol Hill who determine priorities and initiate the process of a bill becoming law.

ANCOR is pleased to have lead Republican and Democratic staff from Capitol Hill join our Policy Summit this year to reflect on past issues they have worked on in the provider space, and project on priorities in our space in the next Congress. These are the voices in the ear of many of your members of Congress!

This session will confront the complexity of provider issues—on both sides of the aisle—and how legislators and, many times more importantly, their key staffers, can compromise on even the most challenging issues.

Medicaid Media Panel

10:45-11:45 am

The media has been a national topic more than ever these days. Providers, however, are no strangers to how the reporting of Medicaid and their services impact policy decisions and the overall public opinion of disability services.  This distinguished panel pulls from top reporters who report on Medicaid and health issues to discuss how and why they report on these issues and the impact that they have seen from providing information to the broader world.  The panel will also reflect on how reporting has changed in recent years, where the challenges and opportunities are to report, and how they would like to see providers involved in the news process.

Moderator: Rodney Whitlock, ML Strategies

Policy Summit Luncheon: Suellen Galbraith & Congressional Champion Awards Presentations

Noon-1 pm

Please join us to honor our members who have shown exemplary work in the federal public policy field this year as well as Congressional members who have shown they are champions for disability service providers.

Suellen Galbraith Award for Excellence in Public Policy Recipients:

  • Ravi Dahiya, YAI (New York)
  • Chris Sparks, Exceptional Persons, Inc. (Iowa)
  • Gary Blumenthal, PAR (Pennsylvania)
  • Lizette Stiehr, AADD (Alaska)

Congressional Champion Awardees:

  • Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
  • Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI)

I/DD, Business Acumen and Managed Care: What’s Next?

1:15-2:15 pm

Applying managed care approaches to I/DD services and supports continues to be a growing trend across the states. In light of this, there is an increasing focus on the impact of this growth on people with I/DD and the networks that support them. Join us to hear highlights from recent efforts to describe, shape, and prepare for these changes.

Speakers:

  • Kim Opsahl, Director of State Partnerships and Special Projects, ANCOR
  • Erica Lindquist, Senior Director of HCBS Business Acumen Center, NASUAD
  • Laura Vegas, Project Director for MCO Business Acumen, NASDDDS

Conversation Café: Roundtable Discussion

2:15-3:15 pm

Grab some coffee, tea and dessert – it’s time to talk! Some of ANCOR’s best outcomes are a result of our in-person conference discussions. Get ready to address tough topics in your group and report out challenges, thoughts, and solutions. This is policymaking and creating at its best!

Breakout Sessions (3:25-4:20 pm)

Option A: The Technology Behind a More Robust Workforce

At last year's Policy Summit, ANCOR initiated a Congressional letter on technology and received a helpful response from Administrator Seema Verma of CMS. This year, at the 2018 ANCOR Policy Summit and Hill Day, as we continue to explore technology in our arena, ANCOR members have increasingly expressed interest in "back office" technologies that allow service providers to work more efficiently and in effect focus more of their resources and attention to the quality of services being provided.

In a discussion with a panel experts from Direct Care Innovations, we will explore how technology has lended itself as a helpful tool to address issues like payroll, scheduling services, certifying training, and ultimately ensuring that the goals of an individual's person centered plan are delivered.

The panel will discuss effective ways to gather data and how that data can be used to improve services. We will also be discussing how the latest guidance from CMS on technology impacts a variety of technology systems and opens the door to greater use of technology in Medicaid programs. Join us for this great discussion!

Moderator: Esmé Grant Grewal, Vice President, Government Relations, ANCOR

Option B: The Legislation of Data

ANCOR has long been advocating for better and more reliable data in our field, for use in setting reimbursement rates, and across the board in determining funding and policy decisions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. However, this year ANCOR formed specific data asks and is working with Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill to make important changes and updates in how we access and use data to improve service delivery.  Join this panel to learn about new data being uncovered  like a MACPAC report on HCBS utilization,  how other issues, like the opioid epidemic, are using data to address the greatest challenges, and how legislation is being used to change the landscape of data use as we know it.

Regulatory Administration Panel: Trump Administration Rules and Priorities

4:30-5:30 pm

ANCOR has the pleasure of being at the table as a stakeholder to discuss some of the most key policy transformations happening at the federal level. Now we want to bring the table to you! Join us for an off the record dialogue on how the current Administration priorities are being implemented through regulatory, subregulatory, and deregulatory processes. Hear directly from federal agencies that impact your work about their priorities and what resources are helpful from stakeholders like providers.  This is a conversation you cannot miss!

Speakers:

  • Ralph Lollar, Director of LTSS, Disabled & Elderly Health Program Group, CMS (Invited)
  • Melissa Harris, Senior Policy Advisor, Disabled & Elderly Health Program Group, CMS (Invited)
  • Megan Tinker, Senior Advisor for Legal Review, Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (Invited)
  • Derrick Witherspoon, Branch Chief/FLSA, Department of Labor (Invited)

 

ANCOR extends its gratitude to DCI, the exclusive sponsor of the 2018 Policy Summit & Hill Day

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Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor

Alex Acosta, US Secretary of LaborPresident Donald J. Trump nominated R. Alexander Acosta to be the 27th United States Secretary of Labor. He was sworn in on April 28, 2017.

Secretary Acosta is the son of Cuban refugees, a native of Miami, and first-generation college graduate. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. 

Following law school, he worked as a law clerk for Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He then worked at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis and went on to teach at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia School of Law.

Secretary Acosta has served in three presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed positions. In 2002, he was appointed to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board, where he participated in or authored more than 125 opinions. In 2003, he was appointed Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and from 2005 to 2009 he served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Most recently, Secretary Acosta served as the dean of the FIU College of Law.                                

Secretary Acosta has twice been named one of the nation’s 50 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine. He was also named to the list of 100 most influential individuals in business ethics in 2008. In 2013, the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presented him with the Chairman’s Higher Education Award in recognition of his “outstanding achievements, leadership and determination throughout a lifetime of caring and giving back to the community.”


Chris Sparks, Executive Director, Exceptional Persons, Inc.

Chris Sparks, Executive Director, EPII have been working in the field of disability services for nearly thirty years. For the past 25 years (the last 18 as Executive Director), I have been employed by Exceptional Persons, Inc. (EPI). At EPI we place fundamental importance upon the values of self-direction, community membership, meaningful choice, quality, customer satisfaction, collaboration and stewardship.

Continuous learning is important to me. I have earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa and later a Master’s degree in Public Administration - with an emphasis in non-profit management - from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2009 I completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work (Clinical emphasis) from the University of Northern Iowa, became a licensed social worker, and I am doing clinical work part-time with individuals and couples at our local mental health center.Additionally, I have become a certified facilitator of Franklin Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Workshop.


Lizette Stiehr, Executive Director, Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities

Lizette Stiehr, Executive Director, AADDI want to introduce myself, with great excitement, as the first Executive Director for the Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities, more frequently known as AADD. It is a thrilling opportunity for me to once again work closely with the Association. I served as Treasurer for four years (2002 – 2006) and in that role completed the IRS 501 (c) 3 paperwork, making AADD a formal non-profit.

In my forty years in Alaska I have worked in Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services and in the field.  Upon first arriving in Alaska I worked for Hope as their Director of Services. Three years later, Bob Gregovich, from DMHDD (now reconfigured as SDS), offered me a contract to research and document a prioritization of services for individuals experiencing developmental disabilities. The framework I developed and subsequent publications were used by the Governor’s Council for many years to follow. I worked next in DHSS’s Division of Public Health as a Program Manager helping to develop the Early Intervention system in Alaska. Eleven years later I moved back into the field as the Executive Director of FOCUS. During my seven years as their director many developmental disability services were added to a well-respected Infant Learning Program.

Attempting retirement unsuccessfully, I returned to FOCUS’s Infant Learning Program (ILP) for the next eight years, eventually becoming the ILP Director for three Infant Learning locations. I was excited about AADD’s new half time position, applied and was offered the Executive Director role which began on June 2, 2014.

As the new Executive Director, I’m excited about the opportunity to connect and work with you as AADD implements our mission and the goals of our strategic plan to build and maintain strong alliances with your important organization. It is as we work together that the system serving individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities is strengthened. Thank you for the work you do in this field.


Brett Guthrie, U.S. Representative (R-KY)

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)Congressman Brett Guthrie represents Kentucky's Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Second District is home to Fort Knox, Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, Mammoth Cave National Park, and many of the Commonwealth’s most treasured locations.

Congressman Guthrie serves on both the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce for the 115th Congress. The Energy and Commerce is the oldest standing legislative committee in the House with broad jurisdiction over our nation’s energy, healthcare, telecommunications and consumer product safety policies.

Guthrie also serves on the following subcommittees for Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health, where he serves as Vice Chair; Subcommittee on Communications and Technology; and Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. He serves as the Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee’s Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee.

Recognized for his proven leadership, he was also appointed to serve as an Assistant Whip within the Republican Conference and as a regional representative to the Republican Policy Committee.

During his tenure in Congress, Guthrie previously served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as the Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he was named the top Republican on the Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness Subcommittee.

Guthrie graduated in 1987 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a degree in economics and went on to serve as a Field Artillery Officer in the 101st Airborne Division – Air Assault at Fort Campbell.  Guthrie later earned a Master's Degree from Yale University in Public and Private Management.

Congressman Guthrie comes from a small business, manufacturing background. Following his military service, he joined Trace Die Cast, the Bowling Green, Ky., based manufacturing business that was started by his father.

First elected to public office in 1998, Guthrie represented the 32nd District in the Kentucky Senate.  In Frankfort, he served on the Education Committee, the Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee, and chaired the Transportation Committee.

Married to the former Beth Clemmons, they have three children, Caroline, Robby and Elizabeth.


Jim Langevin, U.S. Representative (D-RI)

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)Throughout his career, Congressman Jim Langevin (LAN'-jih-vin) has made Rhode Island’s priorities his own and fought to open the doors of government to its rightful owners - the people of this great nation.

Recognized as a national and party leader on national security, health care and cybersecurity, Congressman Jim Langevin has dedicated his many years of public service at the federal and state levels to the hard-working citizens of Rhode Island.

Langevin is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Ranking Member of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, and also serves on the Subcommittees on Seapower and Projection Forces and Tactical Air and Land Forces. As a supporter of the critical national security work done by Rhode Island’s defense industry, he has worked in committee to double production of the extraordinary Virginia Class Submarines built in Quonset, meeting military needs and creating hundreds of new jobs.

After fulfilling an eight-year term on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Langevin returned as a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, where he serves as a member of the Subcommittees on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications.

As part of the Democratic Leadership team, Langevin serves as both a Democratic Regional Whip for New England and a member of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s Senior Whip Team. In these roles, he is responsible for educating other Democratic members on key issues and helping to craft the party’s strategy and legislative agenda.

Securing our nation’s technology infrastructure against cyber attack is a top priority for Langevin. As the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, he led the way in raising awareness of cybersecurity issues in Congress and fostering dialogue and debate on the critical questions surrounding this topic. He co-chaired the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, which made policy recommendations to President Obama. Langevin has introduced the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act to ensure consumers are appropriately alerted when their sensitive information is compromised. To further improve cybersecurity, he has also introduced the Executive Cyberspace Coordination Act, which aims to strengthen the country’s defenses against cyber threats and reflects concerns listed in the Commission’s report, including the vulnerability of critical infrastructure.

As co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, Langevin advocates to improve and increase access to training that gives students and workers the skills that best fit the needs of expanding industries. Among efforts to boost Rhode Island’s workforce, he has launched a competition to introduce high school students to the rapidly growing cybersecurity field and has helped obtain funding to start other workforce development initiatives. The Counseling for Career Choice Act that Langevin introduced in February 2015 would support the development of comprehensive career counseling programs to ensure that high school students are made fully aware of their career and education options prior to graduation.

A voice for those facing serious challenges, Langevin championed passage of a bipartisan bill to expand services for families caring for their elderly and disabled loved ones and authored a breakthrough law to protect foster youth. He is a strong advocate for inclusion and independence for people with disabilities, and helped pass the ADA Amendments Actthat strengthened the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

His commitment to advancing the science of stem cell research has earned Langevin recognition as a national leader who works tirelessly to educate and encourage his colleagues to embrace medical research in all of its forms. Langevin helped champion the passage of legislation to expand the federal policy on embryonic stem cell research and proudly joined President Obama in 2009 as he signed an Executive Order lifting the Bush Administration’s restrictions on embryonic stem cell funding.

In the 114th Congress (2015-16), Langevin prioritized rebuilding the economy through workforce development, strong skills training and a focus on growth sectors in Rhode Island including IT, cybersecurity, health care and the food economy. He is advocating investments in the middle class, a balanced approach to tax reform and a budget that reduces the deficit without enacting additional cuts to social safety net programs.


Kim Opsahl, Director of State Partnerships and Special Projects, ANCOR

Kim Opsahl, ANCORKim Opsahl is ANCOR’s Director of State Partnerships and Special Projects. In this role, she serves as the liaison to ANCOR’s State Association members and leads special projects, like ANCOR’s ACL Business Acumen grant-related activities.

She brings over 20 years’ experience working with state government and advocating on behalf of programs and services for Hoosiers with disabilities. Prior to working with ANCOR, she served as the President/CEO for the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF). In that role, she was responsible for developing and directing the Association’s resources in order to meet the needs of Indiana’s disability service provider industry.

During her nearly thirteen years with INARF – three as President/CEO - Kim graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. During that time, she also received her Health Law Certificate, served as the Indiana Health Law Review (IHLR), Vol. X’s Executive Business Editor, and had her law review note – Using Integrated Care to Meet the Challenge of the ADA’s Integration Mandate: Is Managed Long-Term Care the Key to Addressing Access to Services? – selected by IHLR for publication. She was admitted to practice in the State of Indiana in October 2014.


Laura Vegas, Project Director for MCO Business Acumen, NASDDDS

Laura Vegas, NASDDDS

Laura Vegas has more than 24 years of experience working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). 

Prior to joining NASDDDS, Laura was the Director of Employment and Community First CHOICES and Select Community for BlueCross/BlueShield of TN.  Employment and Community First CHOICES is TN’s new Managed Long Term Services and Supports HCBS program for people with IDD that went live July 1, 2016. 

Laura also worked for the TN Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for more than 17 years, serving most recently as Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Innovation.  While at DIDD, the NCI project launched under her leadership.  She also lead the Department in receiving Person Centered Systems accreditation from CQL, the Supporting Families CoP and the Becoming a Person Centered Organization CoP,

Laura began her career by working for a non-profit IDD provider organization in Tennessee.


Erica Lindquist, Senior Director of the Disability Network Business Acumen Center, NASUAD

Erica Lindquist, NASUADErica Lindquist is the Senior Director of the Disability Network Business Acumen Center at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD). In that role, she manages the Business Acumen for Disability Organizations Resource Center.

Prior to joining NASUAD, she worked at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) where she was responsible for project management and research related to quality measure development for LTSS and person-driven care, and was instrumental in the recent release of the accreditation standards for LTSS.

Before joining NCQA, she spent seven years in managed care operations at a FIDE-SNP in Wisconsin which offered full acute, primary and long-term care services to frail elders and those with physical and/or intellectual or developmental disabilities. Erica received her master’s degree in Gerontology from Bethel University and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.


ANCOR extends its gratitude to DCI, the exclusive sponsor of the 2018 Policy Summit & Hill Day

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