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Join us to discuss how changes in health care policy and rapidly increasing health care costs are expected to impact the State’s consumers, practitioners, and employers. HEA is joined by three distinguished speakers who will provide unique perspectives on the state of health care policy and insurance, and discuss any necessary next steps.

Event Details

Terri O’Connell
In-house Legal Counsel
UHA Health Insurance

Terri O’Connell is in-house legal counsel for UHA Health Insurance. Before working at UHA, Ms. O’Connell was Counsel at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, an Associate General Counsel at UnitedHealthcare, and a property and casualty insurance defense litigation Associate for a boutique law firm. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. O’Connell worked for other health insurers such as Aetna, Health Net, and HMSA.


Gordon Ito
State of Hawaii Insurance Division

Gordon I. Ito is the State Insurance Commissioner from the Insurance Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Commissioner Ito is the Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). He also chaired the NAIC’s Western Zone, the Information Systems Task Force and the International Regulatory Cooperation Working Group. Prior to his appointment as State Insurance Commissioner, he served as chief deputy insurance commissioner and as supervising staff attorney of the Insurance Division. Commissioner Ito earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii and a law degree from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law.

Dr. Kathleen Kozak
Straub Clinic and Hospital

Dr. Kathleen Kozak is a board certified internist at Straub Clinic and Hospital since 1999, and the current Vice Chief of Staff. Dr. Kozak is also the host of The Body Show on Hawaii Public Radio and a medical columnist for Civil Beat. She is a graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and did her residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is also a medical director at UHA insurance since November 2016.




Agenda of Luncheon:

How changes in health care policy and rapidly increasing health care costs are expected to impact the State’s consumers?

11:30 AM
Registration and pre-lunch networking are from 11:30am-12:00pm.
12:00 PM
The program will start after noon with the session from our guest speaker.
01:30 PM
Luncheon conclusion.

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When and Where
Plaza Club
900 Fort Street Mall
20th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813

Sep 6, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM HST
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