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Legislative Update

May 16, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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May 16, 2019


  • Registration, Networking and Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Panel Discussion and Q & A: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

1.5 Face to Face Credits



Brian Frazee, Vice President, Government Affairs | Maryland Hospital Association

Brian is the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA). In this capacity, he advocates for Maryland’s 62 hospitals and health systems primarily before the Governor, his administration, and the Maryland General Assembly.  Prior to joining MHA in 2015, Brian served as Director of Public Policy for the Maryland Association of Community Services, a state association of over 100 nonprofit providers supporting people with developmental disabilities. He also served as an Associate with Capitol Strategies, a government affairs firm in Annapolis. Brian began his career as an intern with former Senate Finance Committee Chairman Thomas “Mac” Middleton before serving as the Senator’s campaign manager.

Brian graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy with a concentration in health policy. At UMBC, he was a member of the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program, the Honors College, and served as the University’s Community & Governmental Relations Assistant. Brian serves as Executive Vice President of the UMBC Alumni Association Board of Directors and as a member of the Maryland Government Relations Association (MGRA) Board of Directors and Maryland Nonprofits Policy Council.

Deborah R. Rivkin

Vice President of Government Affairs for Maryland | CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Deborah R. Rivkin serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs for Maryland at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and has been with CareFirst since December 2010. She is responsible for state legislative and regulatory activities in Maryland.

Deborah served as Executive Director and chief lobbyist for the League of Life and Health Insurers of Maryland, Inc., the state trade association for commercial life and health insurers who operate in Maryland, for 21 years prior to joining CareFirst.

She also has served as retained counsel in Maryland for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage, and represented the AMERIGROUP Corporation, a managed care organization specializing in the delivery of service to Medicaid recipients and the Children’s Health Insurance program. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.S., cum laude, 1984) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1987).

Deborah served as Of Counsel to the Baltimore law firm of Funk & Bolton P.A. from 1993 to 2010, where she concentrated in the firm’s Government Relations Practice Area, with particular emphasis on the regulation of the life and health insurance industry. From 1987 to 1989, she was associated with the Baltimore law firm of Piper & Marbury. From 1989 until joining Funk & Bolton, Deborah was associated with the Baltimore law firm of Shapiro & Olander.

In addition to her work with CareFirst, Rivkin is active in the community, currently serving as a board member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Maryland, as well as the Howard County Board of Health. She also serves on the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission and is a member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Committee and chairs the Chamber’s Healthcare and Biopharma Policy Committee.  In 2015, she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record and was a member of the Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Class of 2014.

Patrick Carlson

Office of Government and Community Affairs

Assistant Director, State Affairs | Johns Hopkins

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Patrick worked as a senior policy analyst for the Maryland General Assembly, Department of Legislative Services, where he served as staff to the Senate Finance Committee. Before that, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Sally D. Adkins of the Court of Appeals of Maryland and for the Honorable Robert A. Zarnoch of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Patrick received his law degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University. Patrick is a member of the bar in Maryland.


May 16, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044 United States
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(410) 730-3900