NASHP 2018 Annual Health Policy Conference – Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is #NASHPCONF18?
NASHP’s 31st Annual State Health Policy Conference is Aug. 15 to 17, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, in Jacksonville, FL.

What will this year’s conference explore?
NASHP’s conference, entitled Shifting Tides in State Health Policy, addresses the most pressing and critical issues facing state health policymakers, such as health care reform and cost containment, the opioid crisis, stabilizing state health insurance markets, and social determinants of health. In fact, in 2017 more than 97 percent of attendees rated the content as either “very good,” or “excellent!”

Check out our full conference agenda to learn more about the topics covered.

Why should I attend the conference?
Planned by state health policymakers for state health policy makers, NASHP’s annual conference is a must-attend event for the state health policy community. With a carefully crafted agenda focusing on emerging issues and current best practices within states, our conference brings together the nation’s leading experts to share, learn, and discuss. This premier event offers unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge industry knowledge, the nation’s leading experts, and exceptional networking opportunities that will help take you and your state to the next level. Need more reasons to attend? Check out our Top Five!

Who usually attends the conference?
State health policymakers representing all branches and of government and all 50 states and Washington, DC, attend. Also present are federal and government officials and representatives from nonprofit organizations that focus on state health policy, advocates, consultants, foundations, health plans, private providers, trade associations, health technology firms, and more! In short, anyone invested in advancing excellence in state health policy attends #NASHPCONF18 to benefit from the educational and networking opportunities.

What is the cost of attending the conference?
The cost varies, based on your type of company or organization, and what portion of the conference you will attend (preconference only, conference only, or the entire event). Please visit the registration fees webpage for a complete breakdown of registration options and fees. Don’t forget, discounted early bird rates are available until July 20, 2018, so register soon to lock in the discounted rate!

How can I pay to attend the conference?
Registration fees can be paid by credit card when you register online, or by purchase order or check.

Please mail your conference registration payment to the following address:
Center for Health Policy Development
Attn: Accounts Receivable
PO Box 10571
Albany, NY 12201-5571

Are scholarships available?
General scholarships are not available. Through the generous support of some state foundations, limited scholarships are available to participants from those states. For more information about whether a foundation in your state is supporting scholarships, please visit the NASHP State Leaders Program webpage.

How do I register for the conference?
Registering for the NASHP 31st Annual State Health Policy Conference is easy, just visit the online registration portal.

What is the cancellation policy?
If you wish to cancel your registration before Friday, July 20, 2018, NASHP will provide a refund of the registration fee less a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be processed for registrations canceled after July 20, 2018. If you register and cannot attend, another person from your organization may attend in your place. Hotel cancellation policies are at the discretion of the hotel and apply separately.

Is there a conference hashtag I can use on social media?
Yes, our conference hashtag is #NASHPCONF18. Feel free to include this when talking about the conference on social media for a chance to be retweeted/shared by our official NASHP social media accounts.

Is there an official hotel for the conference?
Yes, the official conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel at 225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32202. The hotel phone is 904-588-1234.

Is there a discounted room rate for conference attendees?
Yes! NASHP has worked with the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel to provide conference attendees with a room rate of $159/night, plus 14.13 percent tax. This room rate will only be available until July 23, 2018, or until the room block is full.

For information about how to book a room at the Hyatt Regency at NASHP’s special group rate, visit the Lodging page on our website or go directly to NASHP’s unique Hyatt Regency reservation page to book your reservation now!

Will I be contacted by NASHP and/or the conference hotel to book and pay for my stay?
No! Please be aware that third-party housing companies may contact NASHP conference attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors to promote lodging for our annual conference. If you are contacted by anyone who states they are contacting you on behalf of NASHP or the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront to book reservations and obtain credit card information, please exercise extreme caution, as it is a scam. NASHP and the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel will not contact you to request credit card numbers or housing reservations over the phone.

If you have made hotel reservations and provided a credit card number to any company, please call your credit card company immediately and request that they investigate the charge.

What is the conference dress code?
Please dress in business casual during conference hours. You are welcome dress casually for evening events.

Can I earn Continuing Education credits at the conference?
No, unfortunately NASHP does not offer continuing education credits for sessions attended during the annual conference.

Can I submit an idea for a session or a speaker?
Yes, NASHP’s Annual Call for Ideas starts in mid-January each year. Please check our website in January 2019 for details on when and how to submit your ideas.

Will there be food and beverage provided during the conference.
Yes, all breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks are provided during the days that you are registered for conference and preconference sessions.

Will Wi-Fi be available?
Yes, complimentary Wi-Fi will be available to all conference attendees in meeting spaces. Please watch for an email about one week before the conference with instructions detailing how to download the mobile app and utilize Wi-Fi on-site.

Will presentations be available to conference attendees?
Yes, presentations are made available approximately one week prior to the conference through the mobile app.

If I have registered but can no longer attend conference, can someone attend in my place?
Yes, follow the instructions below to change and update the attendee information.

  1. Go to the registration login page.
  2. Enter your email address and the confirmation number provided in your registration confirmation email.
  3. Under “More Options” select “Substitute Registration.”
  4. Enter the new registrant’s info as prompted. You will be asked to confirm the new registrant’s info. Hit “Confirm,” and the process is complete!