Dr. Stuart Altman, Chair

Stuart Altman, P.h.D., is the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.  He is an economist with approximately five decades of experience working closely with issues of federal and state health policy within government, the private sector, and academia.

Dr. Altman has served on numerous government advisory boards on both the federal and state levels.  Between 1971 and 1976, Dr. Altman was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation/Health at the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare (HEW).  While serving in that position, he was one of the principal contributors to the development and advancement of a National Health Insurance proposal.  From 1972 to 1974, he also served as the Deputy Director for Health as part of President Nixon’s Cost-of-Living Council, where he was responsible for developing the council’s program on health care cost containment.

For twelve years, from 1984 to 1996, he was the Chairman of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPac), which was responsible for advising the U.S. Congress and the administration on the functioning of the Medicare Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) Hospital Payment System and other system reforms.  He was appointed in 1997 by President Clinton to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare.  From 2000 to 2002, he was Co-Chair of the Legislative Health Care Task Force for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Dr. Altman is a published author of numerous books and journal articles, the most recent, Power, Politics and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century-Long Battle (2011).  He has been recognized as a leader in the health care field by Health Affairs and by Modern Healthcare, which named him in 2006 among the 30 most influential people in health policy over the previous 30 years, and which from 2003 to 2011 named him one of the top 100 most powerful people in health care. 

Dr. Altman earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from UCLA.

 

 

Statutory Requirement: One member, designated as chairperson, with demonstrated expertise in health care delivery, health care management at a senior level or health care finance and administration, including payment methodologies. (Appointed by the Governor to an initial term of 3 years)

Dr. Wendy Everett, Vice Chair

Dr. Wendy Everett

Wendy Everett, Sc.D., is the President of NEHI, a national health policy research institute focused on enabling innovation to improve health care quality and lower costs. She was appointed as the organization’s first president in July 2002.

Dr. Everett has more than 40 years of experience in the health care field. She has held executive positions at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) and at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She has directed national demonstration programs for The Robert Wood Johnson and the Kaiser Family Foundations.   In the mid-1990s, Dr. Everett became a Director of the Institute for the Future, leading the Health and Health Care research team for six years and overseeing the creation of ten-year, national forecasts in health and health care. 

Dr. Everett earned two bachelor of science degrees, and she holds master’s and doctoral degrees in health policy and management from Harvard University.

Statutory Requirement: One member with demonstrated expertise in the development and utilization of innovative medical technologies and treatments for patient care. (Appointed by the State Auditor to an initial term of 2 years)

Dr. Carole Allen

Statutory Requirement: One member who is a primary care physician. (Appointed by the Governor to an initial term of 5 years)

Dr. Carole Allen

Carole Allen, M.D., is a retired pediatrician from Arlington, Massachusetts with 37 years of experience in general pediatrics.  She spent the early part of her career practicing medicine at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.  Most recently, Dr. Allen was the Director of Pediatrics for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.  A Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Allen has taught pediatrics to residents, medical students and nurse practitioners for more than 25 years.  Last year she received the Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service from the Massachusetts Medical Society for providing “exceptional care and dedication to the medical needs of his or her patients and the general public.” 

A member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Allen has also been involved in community activities related to public health and has a special interest in issues related to parenting of gay children and adolescents. Her anti-tobacco activism has won her the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards Paul Revere award for "outstanding dedication and leadership in tackling public health issues."  

Dr. Allen earned a B.A. degree from Cornell University and her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine.


Dr. David Cutler

Statutory Requirement: One member who is a health economist. (Appointed by the Attorney General to an initial term of 3 years)

Dr. David Cutler

David Cutler, P.h.D., is the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and holds secondary appointments at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard School of Public Health.  David served as Assistant Professor of Economics from 1991 to 1995, was named John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Sciences in 1995, and received tenure in 1997. Professor Cutler was associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Social Sciences from 2003-2008.

Honored for his scholarly work and singled out for outstanding mentorship of graduate students, Professor Cutler's work in health economics and public economics has earned him significant academic and public acclaim. Professor Cutler served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and has advised the Presidential campaigns of Bill Bradley, John Kerry, and Barack Obama as well as being Senior Health Care Advisor for the Obama Presidential Campaign and a Senior Fellow for the Center for American Progress.

Professor Cutler is author of two books, several chapters in edited books, and many of published papers on the topic s of health care and other public policy topics.   Author of Your Money Or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System, published by Oxford University Press, this book, and Professor Cutler's ideas, were the subject of a feature article in the New York Times Magazine, The Quality Cure, by Roger Lowenstein. Cutler was recently named one of the 30 people who could have a powerful impact on healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the 50 most influential men aged 45 and younger by Details magazine.

Professor Cutler earned an A.B. from Harvard University and his P.h.D. in Economics from MIT (1991).


Dr. Paul Hattis

Statutory Requirement: One member with expertise in health care consumer advocacy. (Appointed by the Attorney General to an initial term of 2 years)
Dr. Paul Hattis

Paul Hattis, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., is the Senior Associate Director of the MPH Program at Tufts University Medical School where he also is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine.   He has been a Tufts faculty member since 2002 and does teaching and research in the areas of US health policy, consumer engagement in health care reform, and hospital community benefit issues.

Prior to his joining Tufts University, Dr. Hattis served for 5 years as the Senior Medical Advisor to the Department of Community Benefit Programs of the Partners Healthcare System of Boston, MA.  In his work at Partners, Dr. Hattis worked to advance the primary care and public health efforts of Partners Health System affiliated hospitals and neighborhood health centers.

In addition to his work at Tufts University, Dr. Hattis has been active as a lay leader in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization where he has served as co-chair of GBIO’s Health Care Team.   Recently, Dr. Hattis helped co-author a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation that is being carried out collaboratively by Tufts Medical School and GBIO with the aim of educating a broad group of GBIO congregants on issues related to health care costs and the policy ideas tied to reducing their growth. 

Dr. Hattis earned his M.D. and J.D. from the University of Illinois where he was part of the Medical Scholars Program.  He also received a Masters of Public Health degree from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan.  Dr. Hattis is board certified in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. 

Rick Lord

Statutory Requirement: One member with demonstrated expertise as a purchaser of health insurance representing business management or health benefits administration. (Appointed by the State Auditor to an initial term of 3 years)

Rick Lord

Richard C. Lord is President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). AIM is a state-wide employer advocacy and service organization of more than 5,000 member companies.  Mr. Lord joined AIM in 1991 and served as Executive Vice President for Legislative Policy where he was responsible for AIM’s public policy advocacy on health care, economic development, taxation, worker’s compensation and other issues of interest to employers in the Commonwealth.  He has been President and CEO since 1999.

Prior to joining AIM, Mr. Lord served as Chief of Staff for the Committee on Ways and Means of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.  The Committee is responsible for all legislation involving state funds and revenues, including the Commonwealth's annual budget and all tax related matters.  Mr. Lord was employed by the Committee for six years, serving as the Budget Director before being promoted to the Chief of Staff position.

Rick is a 1977 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College where he earned a B.A. degree in Economics and Psychology.


Behavioral Health - Vacant Seat

Statutory Requirement: One member with expertise in behavioral health, substance use disorder, and mental health services. (Appointed by the Attorney General to an initial term of 1 year)

Secretary Kristen Lepore

Statutory Requirement: Secretary of Administration and Finance (Appointed by the Governor, Ex-Offico)

Secretary Kristen Lepore


Kristen Lepore was sworn in as Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance under Governor Charlie Baker in January 2015.  In her role, Secretary Lepore is in charge of formulating the governor’s budget plan, providing guidance on the economy, and implementing state government’s operating and capital budgets.  She also manages the state's administrative agencies, including revenue collection, information technology, human resources, procurement, and state facilities.  

 

She was previously Vice President of Government Affairs at Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM).  As Vice President, she was responsible for AIM’s health care agenda and advocated for policies to lower the cost of health care in Massachusetts.  She also worked on education and workforce development issues on behalf of the association.  

 

Immediately prior to joining AIM, she served as Policy Director on Charlie Baker’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign.  In addition, she was appointed by President Bush to serve as the New England regional representative for the U.S. Department of Education where she advocated the President’s education agenda.  Prior to her federal appointment, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Paul Cellucci; Director of Fiscal Policy for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance and Assistant Executive Director of the Massachusetts Port Authority.

 

Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Suffolk University and a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk’s Sawyer School of Management.

Secretary Marylou Sudders

Statutory Requirement: Secretary of Health and Human Services (Appointed by the Governor, Ex-Offico)
Marylou Sudders

Appointed as Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) by Governor Charlie Baker in January 2015, Marylou Sudders leads the largest executive agency in state government, a $19.4 billion state budget with 22,000 dedicated public servants, and oversees critical services that touch almost one in six residents of the Commonwealth. Professionally trained as a social worker, Sudders has dedicated her life to public service and to some of our most vulnerable citizens. She has been a public official, provider executive, advocate and college professor.

 

With a long record of public service, she was the Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003, helping to create the state’s first children’s mental health commission and championing the rights and wellbeing of children, adults and elders with mental illness and their loved ones.

 

For almost ten years, she headed the Massachusetts Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children, promoting the rights and well-being of some 24,000 children and families.

 

In 2012, Sudders was appointed to the state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) for her behavioral health expertise; she remains on this important Commission in her capacity as Secretary. The HPC is charged with improving health care quality while curbing costs. She also spent time as an associate professor and Chair of Health and Mental Health at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. Sudders has served on many charitable boards throughout her career, including the Pine Street Inn, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

 

Secretary Sudders’ talent and dedication has been recognized multiple times. She received an Honorary Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and was named Social Worker of the Year from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Worker. She was also nationally recognized with the Knee-Whitman Outstanding Achievement for Health & Mental Health Policy from the National Association of Health Workers Foundation.

 


Veronica Turner

Statutory Requirement: One member with demonstrated expertise in representing the health care workforce as a leader in a labor organization. (Appointed by the State Auditor to an initial term of 4 years)
Veronica Turner

Veronica Turner is the Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU, the state’s largest union of health care workers.  Ms. Turner is also an Executive Vice President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU Massachusetts State Council.  She is a board member of the Commonwealth Corporation and a former board member of Jobs with Justice.  

Ms. Turner has championed innovative joint-labor management work in facilities across the state to improve patient care – and is recognized as a rising star and leading voice within the local and national labor communities.

 

 

 

 


Jean Yang

Statutory Requirement: One member with demonstrated expertise in health plan administration and finance. (Appointed by the Governor to an initial term of 4 years)

Jean Yang, Executive Director MA Health Connector

Jean Yang is the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority (Health Connector). In this position, she oversees the programs, policies, operations and staff of the Commonwealth's public health insurance Exchange - the linchpin of the state's historic health care reform law of 2006 and the model for health insurance Exchanges nationwide under the landmark federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Prior to being appointed Executive Director in January 2013, Yang served as the Health Connector's Chief Financial Officer, where she oversaw all aspects of financial management and control of the organization. In particular, Yang led the successful procurement of the subsidized Commonwealth Care program in Fiscal year 2012 and 2013 that led to a premium rate decrease of 12% over two years. In addition, she also played a key leadership role in the Health Connector's implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with specific responsibilities in the Plan Management and Financial Management functions associated with an ACA-compliant Exchange.

Before joining the Health Connector, Jean was Director of Contracting Strategy & Analytics at Tufts Health Plan in Massachusetts, where she worked extensively on health care reimbursement issues and payer-provider collaboration initiatives. Jean started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and subsequently Deloitte Consulting, where she served a wide variety of clients in the health care industry. Jean graduated from Peking University of China and earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.