Tuesday, 1:10pm to 2:40pm
Lake Superior Ballroom

Policy and Regulatory Update

National rural health policy leader, Diane Calmus, NRHA, will provide an update on policy and regulatory issues that impact rural health care. Discover the timeline for federal initiatives and the opportunities for rural providers and communities to improve access and quality while sustaining financial viability.

Diane Calmus

Diane Calmus

Government Affairs and Policy Manager
National Rural Health Association

Diane Calmus joined the National Rural Health Association staff in 2015 as the Government Affairs and Policy Manager. Previously, she worked as a legislative assistant to Rep. Kevin Brady, the chair of Ways and Means, where she handled a variety of health care issues with a focus on Medicare policy. She also worked as a health policy fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Policy Panel

The policy panel features policy advocates and experts interacting with the audience on public policies impacting rural health and health care. Ample time will be reserved for questions, comments and engagement with panelists.

Buck McAlpin

Buck McAlpin

Government Relations
Libby Law Office

Expertise: EMS, Community Paramedic/Mobile Integrated Health, Health Systems, Health Care

Buck McAlpin has worked in Government Affairs for over 20 years. In 2004, Buck founded McAlpin Consulting LLC, to provide consulting and active lobbying services to corporate, trade association and non-profit clients, which provides primarily health care consulting. Buck also owns and operates Transmedic Medical Billing services with his wife Cindy serving Ambulance Services.

Mark Krinkie

Mary Krinkie

Vice President, Government Relations
Minnesota Hospital Association

Expertise: Hospitals, Health Care

Mary Krinkie is the vice president of government relations at the Minnesota Hospital Association. For the past 16 years, Mary has led MHA’s policy and advocacy efforts. She is a frequent presenter at MHA trustee education programs. Formerly, Mary worked as a lobbyist with the law firm of Lockridge, Grindal and Nauen. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, graduating with Honors with a degree in Economics and Political Science.

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Public Policy Coordinator
NAMI Minnesota

Expertise: Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Sam Smith became NAMI Minnesota's public policy coordinator in the winter of 2017. In this role, he advocates at the state level for the policies that will benefit people living with a mental illness and their families. Before working with NAMI, Sam graduated from Bowdoin College with an English Degree, taught English, and worked in politics as a field organizer and as the research and tracking director for a state political party.

Kristi Kane

Kristi Kane

Director Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging
Arrowhead Regional Development Commission

Expertise: Aging

Kristi Kane is the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging (AAAA) Director. Prior to her role at AAAA, Kristi served 6 ½ years as the Executive Director of ElderCircle in Grand Rapids, MN. She has a BA Degree from St Cloud State University, has served on many local and state boards, and is currently serving on the LeadingAge MN Board of Directors.