For Immediate Release - June 26, 2013

Patrick Administration Announces Appointment Of New Commissioner To The Group Insurance Commission

Health Care Data Expert Will Lend Valuable Expertise to Commission

BOSTON – Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced the appointment of Ray A. Campbell III as a Commissioner of the Group Insurance Commission, the state agency that provides health and other insurance benefits to Commonwealth employees, retirees and their families. 

“I am proud to welcome Ray Campbell as Commissioner of the Group Insurance Commission,” said Governor Patrick. “The wealth of experience and leadership skills he brings to the GIC will help us deliver on the promise of providing quality health care for our state and municipal workers and their families while achieving real, sustainable savings for the Commonwealth.”

“The Commonwealth must find creative solutions to controlling health care costs while continuing to provide quality health care,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor. “Ray Campbell’s experience will be highly valuable to helping the state achieve this outcome, and I look forward to working with him.”

“Ray’s extensive knowledge about health care data and how it can be used to effect change is valuable as we change from traditional health care delivery to Integrated Risk Bearing Organizations,” said Dolores L. Mitchell, the GIC’s Executive Director. “Ray was a pioneer in helping to develop electronic medical records as a director of the Massachusetts e-Health Collaborative and I look forward to working with him as we look toward creative solutions to controlling health care costs.”  

Since taking office, the Patrick Administration has undertaken an aggressive health care cost containment strategy to control health care costs while providing accessible, high- quality care for the Commonwealth’s residents. This strategy aims to leverage the state’s immense purchasing power to be a force for rewarding models that provide cost-effective, high-quality coverage and care to those who rely on state health insurance and better coordinate government’s health care purchasing decisions.

“I have worked with the GIC throughout my career -- most recently in my role at the Mass Health Data Consortium and as a member of the GIC’s Institutional Review Board.  The GIC has been and continues to be at the forefront of pushing changes in health care,” said Commissioner Campbell.  “Keeping costs affordable while continuing to provide comprehensive benefits is critical for the GIC’s members and the Commonwealth’s taxpayers, and I look forward to helping the GIC advance these dual objectives.”

Commissioner Campbell is an attorney and consultant specializing in health care data and analytics.  For seven years he was the Executive Director and CEO of the Massachusetts Health Care Data Consortium that promotes the adoption and use of health information technology and data to improve health care delivery.  Prior to that, he worked as the Executive Director and CEO of the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunication, a quasi-public authority providing e-services to K-12 schools, and was also the General Counsel for the Commonwealth’s Information Technology Division.

The GIC was established by the Legislature in 1955 to provide health, life, and other benefits to state employees, retirees, and their dependents. The GIC also covers housing and redevelopment authorities' personnel, participating municipalities, and retired municipal employees and teachers in certain governmental units.  There are currently over 225,000 members and over 400,000 lives covered by the GIC.  A seventeen-member commission representing labor, retirees, municipal management, the public interest, the Administration, and expertise in health economics governs the GIC.