Jane L. Cline was appointed West Virginia Insurance Commissioner January 15, 2001. In addition to her responsibilities as Insurance Commissioner, Ms. Cline is a member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), and serves as the organization’s Immediate Past-President. Ms. Cline is a member of the NAIC’s Executive Committee, the Internal Administration Sub-Committee and various other NAIC Committees. Ms. Cline served on the Management Committee of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission ad also serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.
Ms. Cline is responsible for the regulation of the insurance market for the protection of insurance consumers. Commissioner Cline was responsible for the transition of the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission from a state monopolistic system to a competitive system. Commissioner Cline’s workers’ compensation responsibilities include administration of the “Legacy” workers’ compensation claims and employer compliance with West Virginia Workers’ Compensation laws, including the appeals process.
Before her appointment as Insurance Commissioner, Ms. Cline operated a government consulting firm, Jane L. Cline & Associates.
Commissioner Cline served as Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from November 1989 to October 1997 where her focus was on making the Division’s services more accessible to all citizens of West Virginia. Prior to her appointment as DMV Commissioner, Ms. Cline served as Deputy Commissioner for the West Virginia Division of Highways. While she was DMV Commissioner she served on a number of leadership positions with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.
Ms. Cline earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from West Virginia University, and holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree.
Jim O’Connell is Executive Consultant, Ceridian Corporation. With over thirty years experience in federal legislative and regulatory affairs, Jim focuses on HR and payroll policy issues, keeping customers informed about fast-changing and complex compliance regulations and workforce trends.
Jim is a frequent participant in HR and payroll industry meetings, including the American Payroll Association and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). His publications include Health Savings Accounts: American Idol? in the November 2007 issue of Benefits & Compensation Digest’s Web Exclusives.
Jim is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC, specializing in International Business-Government Relations. He is a member of the American Payroll Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Before coming to Ceridian, Jim served in the U.S. Senate as chief legislative assistant to New York Senator Jacob K. Javits, who was a senior member of the Committee on Labor & Human Resources, and later with Connecticut Senator Lowell P. Weicker. Jim holds a Ph.D. in economics from New York’s Fordham University.
Marcia Augsburger is a partner in the litigation practice of DLA Piper. Her practice includes a broad range of civil litigation matters in both state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as transactional work and counseling in healthcare law affecting providers, health plans, insurers, products manufacturers, pharmacies, ancillary providers, new ventures, third party administrators, agents, brokers, other fiduciaries and employers
More than 21 years of litigation experience in complex business disputes and class actions informs Ms. Augsburger’s work counseling clients and handling business transactions and complex negotiations, particularly in connection with new ventures and products in the health care industry, HIPAA and other privacy and security laws, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“Health Care Reform”), evidence-based medicine, coverage and reimbursement issues, fiduciary duties, joint venture arrangements and partnerships, corporate practice of medicine, general regulatory compliance and integrity as well as federal and state regulatory compliance and licensing of insurance companies and Knox Keene Health Plans, brokers and others, unfair business and competitive practices, concierge medicine, pay-for-performance, billing and pricing, Medicare compliance and CMS initiatives and employee healthcare benefits, such as HSAs and wellness programs. Ms. Augsburger’s litigation matters include products and professional liability cases, breach of contract, managed care disputes and other complex business litigation.
Bernard is a Principal in Deloitte Consulting’s Insurance Strategy and Operations practice leading the firm’s offering to the Group, Voluntary and Worksite sector. Bernard has worked with many senior management teams on developing their corporate, business unit, product and market strategies. He also advises clients on market trends, operational considerations, customer experience and their associated process, technology and people-related changes. In addition, Bernard has spearheaded Deloitte Consulting’s work applying innovation and disruption theory concepts to Financial Services firms. Bernard co-hosts a semi-annual forum for Group Benefit carrier presidents and is the lead sponsor for the industry’s leading expense benchmarking study. Bernard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an MBA from INSEAD. In 2001, he received an Emerson Professional Services Monitor Thought Leadership Award. He is often quoted in insurance trade publications including A.M. Best and National Underwriter / Tech Decisions.