Board of Directors
|Roy Blunt Honorary Co-Chairman|
Building on a background as a public servant, university president, and teacher, United States Senator Roy Blunt was elected to the United States Senate in 2010.
Senator Blunt serves as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. He also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee; the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He is the Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.
The people of Southwest Missouri overwhelmingly elected Senator Blunt seven times to the U.S. House of Representatives. Senator Blunt was elected the Majority Whip earlier in his career than any Member of Congress in eight decades, and he was elected to the Senate leadership during his first year in the Senate.
Before serving in Congress, he was a history teacher, a county official, and in 1984 became the first Republican elected as Missouri’s Secretary of State in more than 50 years. Senator Blunt also served four years as the president of Southwest Baptist University, his alma mater, in Bolivar, Missouri. Senator Blunt earned an M.A. in history from Missouri State University.
Senator Blunt is a member of the Smithsonian Council for American Art and is a Trustee of the State Historical Society of Missouri. Senator Blunt is also a member of the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees.
The Senator is married to Abigail Blunt and has four children: Matt Blunt, Missouri’s 54th Governor; Amy Blunt, an attorney in Columbia, Mo.; Andy Blunt, an attorney in Jefferson City; and Charlie (age 10). Blunt has six grandchildren: Davis Mosby, Ben Blunt, Branch Blunt, Eva Mosby, Allyson Blunt, and Brooks Blunt.
|Ben Cardin Honorary Co-Chairman|
Senator Cardin was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 and he was re-elected in 2012. He currently serves on the Environment and Public Works (EPW), Finance, Foreign Relations, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship committees.
In January 2015 he became an honorary co-chairman of the Alliance for Health Reform, succeeding founder and chairman emeritus, John D. (Jay) Rockefeller.
As a longtime leader on health care, Senator Cardin was successful in getting a guaranteed dental benefit included in the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program during the 111th Congress.
From 1987-2006, Senator Cardin represented Maryland's Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition to serving on the on the House Ways & Means Committee, he also served on the Budget Committee, Public Works & Transportation Committee, Judiciary Committee, Ethics Committee, House Administration and the Select Committee on Homeland Security. In the House, he also served as the senior Democrat on the Trade Subcommittee and Human Resources Subcommittee of the Ways & Means Committee.
As a member of the House, his proposal to expand Medicare to include preventive benefits such as colorectal, prostate, mammogram, and osteoporosis screening was enacted into law. He also authored legislation to fund graduate medical education, guarantee coverage for emergency health services, and improve the Medicare drug benefit for seniors.
As a Maryland legislator, Mr. Cardin served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967-1986. He was Speaker from 1979-1986 and prior to that served as chairman of the Ways & Means Committee from 1974-1979. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, he earned his B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds several honorary degrees.
Senator Cardin is married to Myrna Edelman Cardin and his daughter Deborah and son-in-law Jonathan Willis have two daughters, Madeline and Julia.
|Robert Graham, MD Chairman|
Robert Graham, MD has served in a series of positions in both the private and public health care sectors since 1970. His federal service has included posts as the first administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and as deputy director of the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. In addition, he served from 1985 to 2000 as the executive vice president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He holds degrees from Earlham College and the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
|James R. Tallon, Jr. Secretary/Treasurer|
James R. Tallon, Jr., is president of the United Hospital Fund of New York. He chairs the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. He serves as secretary/treasurer of the Alliance for Health Reform, and also serves on the boards of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the New York eHealth Collaborative. He is a member of the advisory board for the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. Mr. Tallon is also a member of the New York State Board of Regents. He led the 1998-99 planning process which established The National Quality Forum. Prior to joining United Hospital Fund, Mr. Tallon was majority leader of the New York State Assembly, where he served for 19 years.
|Nancy W. Dickey, MD Board Member|
Nancy W. Dickey, MD is president emeritus of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, and professor in the College of Medicine. Dr. Dickey served as president of the American Medical Association in 1998-99. She also has been active in numerous other professional organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Texas Medical Association. Prior to her current appointment at Texas A&M Health Science Center, she served as interim dean of the university's College of Medicine. Earlier, she was the founding program director of the Family Practice Residency of the Brazos Valley and was a professor of family and community medicine at the College of Medicine. Dr. Dickey has been an active editorial advisor and reviewer for a number of professional publications. In addition, she served as editor in chief of Medem, an internet-based patient education company. Her many honors include five honorary doctoral degrees and recognitions from the Texas Society of Pathologists and the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. She is a frequent speaker at professional and civic organizations around the country.
|David Lansky Board Member|
David Lansky is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health, and directs its efforts to improve the affordability and availability of high quality health care. Since 2008, Dr. Lansky has led the coalition of 50 large employers and health care purchasers representing over five million Americans. Members of the coalition include CalPERS, Wells Fargo, Intel, Safeway, Chevron, GE, Walmart and the University of California. Dr. Lansky has served as a board member or advisor to the National Quality Forum, National Priorities Partnership, the Joint Commission, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Leapfrog Group, and the Medicare Beneficiary Education Advisory Panel. He is now the purchaser representative on the federal Health IT Policy Committee and chairs its Quality Measures Workgroup. He holds a PhD degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
|Patricia Maryland, Dr. PH Board Member|
Patricia A. Maryland, Dr. PH, is the President of Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer for Ascension Health. Ascension is the largest nonprofit health system in America. Dr. Maryland’s expertise in health care access issues led to her being chosen chair of the congressionally-authorized Citizens' Health Care Working Group. The 15-member group was established as part of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 to develop recommendations for the president and Congress, resulting in the report “Health Care that Works for All Americans.” Dr. Maryland has nearly 30 years of health care experience including executive leadership roles at the Cleveland Clinic, North Oakland Medical Centers in Pontiac, Mich., and Sinai-Grace Hospital (a part of the Detroit Medical Center). She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Alabama State University, a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of California – Berkeley, and a doctorate of public health with a concentration in health services administration and planning from the University of Pittsburgh.
|Mark McClellan, MD, PhD Board Member|
Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, is the Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy, and Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University with offices at Duke and in Washington, DC. His work has addressed a wide range of strategies and policy reforms to improve health care, including such areas as payment reform to promote better outcomes and lower costs, methods for development and use of real-world evidence, and more effective drug and device innovation. Before coming to Duke, he served as a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he was Director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiatives and led the Richard Merkin Initiative on Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership. He also has a highly distinguished record in public service and in academic research. Dr. McClellan is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy. These include the Medicare prescription drug benefit, Medicare and Medicaid payment reforms, the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative, and public-private initiatives to develop better information on the quality and cost of care.
|Francine Parker Board Member|
Francine Parker is executive director of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. The UAW Trust, launched in 2010, administers health care benefits to more than 806,000 retirees and eligible dependents from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. That makes it the largest non-governmental purchaser of retiree health care in the United States. Before leading the trust, Ms. Parker was president and CEO of Health Alliance Plan (HAP) of Michigan. She started at HAP in 1979 as one of 14 original employees. Crain’s Detroit Business twice included Ms. Parker in its list of “100 Influential Business Women,” and the Michigan Women’s Foundation honored her as one of “25 Women Making a Difference.”
|John C. Rother, JD Board Member|
John Rother is president and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care, bringing together employers, unions, insurers, providers and consumers around the common goals of keeping health care affordable, protecting vulnerable populations and improving value. For the previous 27 years, Mr. Rother was with AARP, most recently as executive vice president of policy, strategy and international affairs. Prior to coming to AARP, he served eight years with the U.S. Senate as special counsel for labor and health to former Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY), then as staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Special Committee on Aging under Chairman John Heinz (R-PA). He serves on several boards and commissions in addition to the Alliance, including the National Quality Forum. He is the 2010 recipient of the Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is an honors graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Pennsylvania School Of Law.
|Humphrey Taylor Board Member|
Humphrey Taylor is chairman emeritus of the Harris Poll, a service of Nielsen. He has had overall responsibility for more than 8,000 surveys in more than 80 countries for governments, corporations and foundations. Mr. Harris writes and speaks frequently about the forces transforming the nation's health care system, and on differences between our system and those in Canada, Western Europe and Japan. He testified before congressional committees on Social Security, health care cost containment, Medicare, aging, policies affecting disabled people, drug exports, privacy, and the taxation of employee benefits. He has made presentations in the White House and on Capitol Hill on these subjects, and on Health Maintenance Organizations, productivity, consumerism, health promotion and disease prevention. Over his working life, he has written more than a thousand columns, papers, op ed articles and book chapters. Mr. Taylor was chairman of the board of the American Health Foundation for six years. He is chairman of the National Council on Public Polls and serves as a trustee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Longevity Center.
|Reed V. Tuckson, MD Board Member|
Reed Tuckson is the managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, a health and medical care consulting business that brings people and ideas together to promote optimal health outcomes. Previously, he enjoyed a long tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group. Prior to that, Dr. Tuckson’s career includes leadership positions as Senior Vice President for Professional Standards of the American Medical Association (AMA); President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles; Senior Vice President for Programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; and the Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia. He is a graduate of Howard University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s General Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar.
|John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV Founder and Chairman Emeritus|
Jay Rockefeller served five terms as a United States Senator from West Virginia. After serving as a VISTA volunteer in West Virginia in 1964, he was elected to that state's House of Delegates, served four years as secretary of state, three as president of West Virginia Wesleyan College, and eight years as governor before his election to the U.S. Senate in 1984. During his Senate tenure, he chaired the U.S. Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Health Care (Pepper Commission) and the National Commission on Children. Under his leadership, the children's commission became a model for bipartisan lawmaking on children's education, welfare and health care issues. Sen. Rockefeller was also chairman of the Finance Committee's Health Care Subcommittee, and chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, among his other committee assignments. He graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. degree in Far Eastern languages and history, after spending three years studying Japanese in Tokyo. Later, he studied Chinese at Yale University. He was chairman of the Alliance for Health Reform from its founding in 1991 to 2007, and honorary chairman from 2008 until he retired from the Senate in 2014.
|Sarah J. Dash President and Co-CEO|
Sarah joined the Alliance in April 2014 as Vice President for Policy. Prior to joining the Alliance, she was a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute in the Center on Health Insurance Reforms. She has also served as a senior health policy aide to Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). She received her Master's in Public Health from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science from MIT.
|Marilyn Werber Serafini President and Co-CEO|
Before joining the Alliance, Marilyn was the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow and senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News. She was an award-winning health care and welfare correspondent for National Journal magazine from 1995 to 2010, and before that was a senior reporter for CongressDaily (now National Journal daily). She holds a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.
Toolkit on Connection Between Health and Housing
A new Alliance toolkit, “The Connection between Health and Housing: The Evidence and Policy Landscape,” provides a detailed look into federal, state and local initiatives, as well as cost implications for health and housing programs.
Attempts to tie health and housing policy are gaining momentum, amid evidence that housing, a social determinant of health, is an important factor in the health status of various populations. More than 610,000 people experience homelessness in the U.S., and over 250,000 individuals within that population have a severe mental illness or a chronic substance use disorder, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Toolkit on Biosimilars
The Alliance for Health Reform has released a new toolkit, “Biosimilars: Unpacking Complex Issues.”
The Affordable Care Act created an expedited licensure pathway for biosimilars, and, in March 2015, the U.S. approved the first biosimilar, leaving policy makers, regulators, providers and stakeholders to grapple with regulatory and financial questions.
Biosimilars are similar – but not identical – to biologic drugs, and cost less. Unlike traditional pharmaceuticals, biologic drugs are derived from living organisms and tissues, making them more complex and expensive to produce.